'Most wanted' suspect who led deputies on Rock Hill manhunt found in creek

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 11, 2014 

— One of Lexington County’s “most wanted” suspects was found hiding in a creek holding his breath underwater Friday evening after leading York County Sheriff’s deputies on an hours-long manhunt in the Rock Hill area that required K9 units and a helicopter, authorities said.

After more than eight hours of combing an area south of Rock Hill in search of Henry Thomas Zissett, 38, a K9 unit found him hiding in a creek near Craig Road off S.C. 72, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris.

Zissett, wanted on several outstanding drug and property warrants by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, ran from deputies early Friday when they tried serving warrants on him.

It’s not clear what charges Zissett will face in connection with the manhunt, but he will be served with his warrants from Lexington County, Faris said, and booked at the Moss Justice Center in York.

Zissett was initially spotted along the area between Saluda and Rawlsville roads near S.C. 72 wearing a pink or orange shirt with checkered plaid shorts.

The search by authorities spanned several surrounding neighborhoods and subdivisions along Oakdale and Dunlap Roddey roads.

Public safety officials issued three automated reverse 911 calls to homes in the area to let neighbors know about the manhunt. As the hunt wore on Friday, officials expanded the calls’ radius farther south.

After narrowing their search to the area around Dunlap Roddey Road, deputies expanded the search back along S.C. 72 Friday afternoon, following several leads and tips, Faris said.

Last month, Zissett was featured on a list of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s most wanted suspects published on The State newspaper’s website.

Zissett is accused of receiving stolen goods, unlawfully operating a chop shop, possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawfully disposing of waste from a methamphetamine laboratory.

Zissett’s last known address was on Bub Wise Road in Swansea, which authorities say was the site of a meth lab bust on June 13, according to a news release from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. Officers learned the suspects were cooking meth inside a stolen tractor trailer after they received a tip that the trailer was on the property.

Police arrested three women, ages 27, 35 and 41, the release states. Two of the women were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, while a third was charged with receiving stolen goods.

Records with the State Law Enforcement Division show Zissett in 2005 was placed on probation after he was convicted of possession of less than one gram of crack cocaine.

He was imprisoned in 2008 and sentenced to nine years at the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of crack distribution, said Stephanie Givens, corrections spokeswoman. He was released on parole in December 2010.

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