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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help in Locating Wanted Subject

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Ralph Jake Goss, Jr.

(UPDATE: Ralph Jake Goss, Jr. was taken into custody around 2:15pm yesterday in the area of Dr. Johns Road near Phillip Lear Road. After receiving some information, Goss Jr. was spotted by a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Bureau. It appears that Goss, Jr. ran from our deputy. Investigators from the Sheriff's Office and some SLED agents were also in the area and responded quickly. He was taken to the Oconee County Detention Center after his arrest.)

(Walhalla, SC)-----------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help today in locating a wanted subject with outstanding arrest warrants.

38 year old Ralph Jake Goss, Jr. of Columbia, SC is currently wanted on three outstanding arrest warrants from the Walhalla Police Department on charges of Kidnapping, Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime and Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct. The charges are from an investigation into an incident that occurred at a West Main Street business, in Walhalla, back on March 12th.

Earlier this morning, at around 7:28am, the E-911 Communications Center received a call from an adult female at a residence on Heath Road, just off of Dr. John’s Road, which is southwest of Westminster. The caller stated that a white male wearing tennis shoes and a gray hoodie knocked on her door and asked for assistance regarding a flat tire. The male was driving a white older model Honda.

When deputies arrived, the male, identified as Goss, ran into the woods. Additional deputies responded to the scene, which included K-9 officers and their handlers, and dispatch issued a reverse 911 call to residents in the area. Additional personnel and assets from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division also responded to help conduct the search for Goss, Jr.

Goss is 5’10” tall, weighs 180 pounds and has brown eyes and brown hair. Goss is also reportedly in possession of a knife.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has also obtained arrest warrants against Goss, Jr. on charges of Failure to stop for a Blue Light and Resisting Arrest in relation to this morning’s incident on Heath Drive.

If you come in contact with 38 year old Ralph Jake Goss, Jr., call 911. The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office advises people to not come in direct contact with Goss, Jr.

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