Columbia, SC (WLTX) -Akiller who escaped from a Columbia mental health facility has been arrested.
A spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health says Jason Mark Carter, 39,was arrested Friday in Tennessee. State troopersthere found himat a motel on Interstate 40 inthe town of Fairview, which issouthwest of Nashville. He was taken into custody without incident.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol,theyissued a"be on the lookout" alert around 6:30 a.m. Friday for Carter. The alert came after South Carolina authorities pinged his cell phone and advised that the suspect could be traveling on Interstate 40 in their state.
Just before 7 a.m., a trooper spotted the suspect vehicle at the Fairview Inn located off of exit 182 from Interstate 40. Carter had checked in to the hotel at 4:30 a.m., troopers say.
Tennessee state troopers on the scene contacted the agency's Special Operations Unit, who arrived and took Carter into custody at9:15 a.m.
Thursday, Carter left a facility on Farrow Road in Richland County. Investigators say he stole a state vehicle when he made his escape.
That vehicle was not recovered during the arrest. Tennessee troopers sayCarter purchased a Chevrolet Lumina while on the run.
Mental health department spokesman Mark Binkley told the Associated Press that Carter was working at a supply business on the hospital's campus. He says an investigation is underway to determine how the involuntarily committed patient got away.
In 2006, Oconee County deputies arrested and charged Carterin the killings of his mother, Debra Ann Perkins, and his stepfather, Kevin Perkins. Their bodies were found in a basement at their home while Carter was inside the residence.
In 2009, a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity, and committed himto a mental facility.
Officials are working to bring him back to South Carolina.