An urgent manhunt is underway an ‘extremely dangerous’ suspected mass murderer accused of killing at least three people with his girlfriend in a Bonnie and Clyde-style multi-state crime spree.
Adrienne Simpson, 34, is already in custody, but her boyfriend Tyler Donnet Terry, 26, has been on the run for the last three days since he came back to South Carolina and opened fire at police during a 30 mile, high-speed police chase that ended when their car crashed on Highway 9.
The couple’s suspected body count is three so far, possibly four, going back to May 2. One person survived their alleged crime spree – but only because his cell phone in his breast pocket stopped the bullet. His wife was killed.
‘This modern-day version of Bonnie and Clyde do several violent crimes in South Carolina and travel across the country. What they did between South Carolina and Missouri we don’t know yet. That’s a part of what they are going to be checking on, and obviously, South Carolina and every state in between,’ an investigator with St. Louis Police told CBS 17.
Being called ‘the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde,’ Tyler Donnet Terry, 26, and Adrienne Simpson, 34, are accused of at least three muders. Terry is still on the loose, but Simpson is in custody
Thomas Hardin, who identifies as a woman, was allegedly killed by Terry on May 2 in York, South Carolina
Barbara Goodkin and her husband were allegedly shot by the duo in Missouri on May 15. Barbara died but Stanley luckily survived
Dr. Sergei Zacharev was allegedly shot to death by the duo in Missouri and leaves behind a son
Terry is believed to be somewhere in Chester County, South Carolina, but has eluded the 125-plus-member manhunt involving the FBI, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the ATF and multiple local law enforcement agencies since Wednesday.
He hasn’t been spotted since he was seen on a nearby business’s surveillance camera on Thursday, where he took a gun and shoes, Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey said.
He also stole a golf cart, it is alleged, but abandoned the slow-moving vehicle soon afterwards.
Even though he hasn’t been seen in 24 hours, Dorsey said, ‘He’s here,’ during his latest media update around midday Friday, when law enforcement extended the search perimeter by about 16 miles from Fishing Creek to Fort Lawn.
The county sheriff couldn’t elaborate on why he’s confident that Terry is still in the county, but he stressed that he is armed and said he’s ‘the most violent man I’ve ever heard of.’
Dorsey said he went a full day in the woods without shoes, is running out or ran out of food and water, and ‘is certainly tired.’
‘We’re hoping that becomes advantageous for us, but he is certainly resolved to survive.’
This map shows how Terry and Simpson’s alleged crime spree unfolded
Terry was last scene in a Chester County, South Carolina business’s surveillance footage on Thursday
Terry is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Thomas Hardin, who identifies as female, on May 2 in York, South Carolina.
Police said Terry and Hardin knew each other but don’t have a motive for his killing.
Simpson was allegedly Terry’s getaway driver after that shooting.
The pair are said to have hightailed it about 700 miles to Brentwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, where the duo is accused of shooting three random people during suspected robberies on May 15.
Two are dead – Barbara Goodkin and Dr. Sergei Zacharev – but Barbara’s husband, Stanley, survived because his cellphone in his chest pocket took the brunt of the bullet.
Zacharev, who as an anesthesiologist, leaves behind a son. His friends and colleagues started a GoFundMe to raise money for his child.
‘He was a valued member of our anesthesia team since 2013,’ they said in the GoFundMe. ‘Always boisterous, fun-loving, and jovial to friends and strangers alike, Sergei’s humility, humor, and generosity was always endearing to his colleagues and his patients. He will truly be missed.’
Ballistics from both scenes matched, police said, amid fears the couple could have other, as-yet undiscovered victims.
On May 16, the duo left Missouri and returned to South Carolina. A day later, they were spotted in Chester County and led cops on a car chase that exceeded 100mph and spanned 20 to 30 miles.
Multiple saw shots fired from their car, but no one was hit, Dorsey said.
Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey gives an update to the media on Friday
The duo allegedly shot multiple times at police during a high-speed chase in South Carolina
After the car crashed, Simpson was arrested, but Terry ran into the woods.
He was seen on nearby business’s surveillance footage Thursday, where police said he stole a gun and other items.
Detectives told CBS 17 that they have ‘credible evidence’ linking Terry to Hardin’s murder, and Simpson has already been charged with accessory after the fact.
On Wednesday, the body of Simpon’s husband, Eugene ‘Geno’ Simpson, was found in Great Falls, South Carolina, and his death has been ruled a homicide.
Police are now investigating if the couple was involved in his murder.
He had been missing since May 2.
Timeline of the ‘modern-day Bonnie and Clyde’
May 2: Eugene Simpson, Adrienne’s husband, reported missing
May 2: Thomas Hardin, 35, shot dead in York County, South Carolina
May 15: Barbara and Stanley Goodkin and Dr. Sergei Zacharev shot in Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Barbara and Zacharev died. Stanley survived.
May 16: They left Missouri
May 17: Chester County, South Carolina deputies spot the couple and chased them in a 30-mile car chase that ends when they crashed. Simpson was arrested, but Terry escaped into the woods.
May 19, Eugene Simpson’s body was found in Great Falls, South Carolina. His death was ruled a homicide.
May 20: Terry caught on a South Carolina business surveillance camera on Highway 9, where he allegedly stole a gun along with other items. This was the last time he was seen.