Deputies find Massey during search for wanted man

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By Chris Sardelli

A search for a wanted man ended in the arrest of a different man, also wanted on multiple charges throughout the state. 

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw confirmed that Carlos Antonio Massey, 26, 960 14th St., was arrested June 11 on several outstanding warrants from multiple jurisdictions.

Charges against Massey include unlawful conduct toward a child, criminal domestic violence, second offense, and petit larceny, all from the Lancaster Police Department; possession of cocaine, from Columbia authorities; and driving under suspension, from Chesterfield County. 

The arrest happened just before 7 a.m. June 11, as deputies were searching for a different man at his last known address in the 900 block of 14th Street, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.  

Massey answered the door and said the man they were looking for no longer lived there, though deputies believed otherwise, the report said. 

When deputies asked Massey for identification, Massey didn’t have any and gave them a false name and birthdate, the report said. 

After checking his information through the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles database, and with Massey unable to provide his middle name, deputies determined he was lying. 

A search of the home turned up a South Carolina drivers license belonging to the brother of the man they were originally searching for, the report said. 

Massey eventually gave deputies his real name, and using the National Criminal Information Center database, they discovered he was wanted by several law enforcement agencies, the report said. 

He was then arrested and taken to the Lancaster Police Department. 

Massey was later jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $30,000 surety bond, per detention center records. 

“We put a hold on him for all those charges, but we didn’t have any charges on him here (in the county),” Shaw said. “He had holds for Columbia and Chesterfield, too, though I’m not quite sure who sorts out who gets him first.”

Shaw said the process can be complicated when there are charges from multiple agencies. 

“If the city sets a high bond, for example, and he doesn’t make it, then he’ll go to jail until his court date. Also, if someone goes to the Department of Corrections with a lot of charges from different areas like this, there’s a state statute that allows law enforcement officers to serve warrants from out of the county,” Shaw said. “There’s a lot of inmates in the DOC that request this be done.” 

The multiple warrants are not Massey’s first brush with the law.

According to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database, Massey is listed as a defendant for eight criminal charges dating back to 2005. Of those, several are pending, including a discharging firearms into a dwelling charge from a January 2011 arrest, as well as the charges from the Lancaster Police Department. 

Also, in February 2009, Massey pleaded guilty to a cocaine possession charge and received a nine-month sentence, suspended to 18 months probation, per court records. 

It was unknown Thursday, June 27, if Massey had been released from the detention center or transferred to another agency.


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416