16-year-old recently sentenced for sexual assault on elderly South Carolina woman escapes juvenile facility

National

COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW) – A 16-year-old who pleaded guilty and was sentenced in December for the attack of an elderly Surfside Beach woman, has escaped from a juvenile facility in Columbia, according to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

Nicholas Rios is believed to have left the DJJ Broad River Road Complex on Wednesday evening. SLED air and ground units are actively searching for him, along with other law enforcement officials.

Rios is 5’2″, 145 lbs and was last seen wearing a white crew neck t-shirt, khaki pants & black shoes, according to officials. Rios is serving 35 years for criminal sexual conduct.

News13 reported in December that Rios pleaded guilty to attempted murder, burglary, criminal sexual assault and kidnapping.

The victim in the initial case was left with ‘extensive injuries’ after an attack at her home, according to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Officials urge citizens in the Columbia area to use caution & immediately call 911 if you see Rios.

The Broad River Road Complex is the Department of Juvenile Justice’s long-term commitment facility, according to its website. The complex offers programs for boys and girls of all backgrounds and needs, including programs for youth sex offenders.

News13 was the first to report this developing story. Count on us for updates.

LATEST HEADLINES:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Clear

Abbeville

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
72%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Rain. Low 49F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
49°F Rain. Low 49F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Crowley

38°F Clear Feels like 32°
Wind
10 mph E
Humidity
67%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
49°F Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 48F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Opelousas

36°F Clear Feels like 36°
Wind
3 mph E
Humidity
64%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Periods of rain. Low around 45F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
49°F Periods of rain. Low around 45F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

Breaux Bridge

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
3 mph E
Humidity
62%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 47F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
49°F Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 47F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Wind
10 mph ESE
Precip
90%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent
Clear

New Iberia

38°F Clear Feels like 38°
Wind
0 mph
Humidity
76%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

A few clouds from time to time. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.
48°F A few clouds from time to time. Low 34F. Winds light and variable.
Wind
5 mph ESE
Precip
70%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Crescent

Local News

More Local

Sidebar