Christy hunted in Ohio following crash

By Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
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The manhunt for McAdoo fugitive Shawn Christy shifted 400 miles west on Sunday after state police in Ohio say he wrecked a stolen truck and fled the scene on foot.

According to a statement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, officers responded to a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 71 in Washington Township, Ohio, near Mansfield, at 4:41 p.m. Sunday.

The crashed vehicle was described as a white 2002 GMC utility truck with Pennsylvania registration ZJP4486, and was reported stolen from Skitco Iron Works in Hazle Township in Luzerne County early Sunday.

“Federal agents are considering Christy a suspect in this vehicle theft because Christy is believed to have burglarized the same business on Sept. 5th and was known to still be in the immediate area,” the U.S. Marshals said in a statement earlier Sunday.

According to a Mansfield News Journal report on the crash and investigation in Ohio, “a passerby initially reported a disabled vehicle off the road and reported seeing the driver flee the scene. No one was at the scene of the crash when authorities arrived, the (Highway Patrol) reported.”

A Highway Patrol commander told the paper late Sunday that Christy was believed to be the driver, although nothing in the truck had tied him to the crashed vehicle.

Mansfield, which is about 80 miles southwest of Cleveland, is nearly 400 miles from Hazle Township.

Christy, 26, who allegedly made threats against President Donald Trump and law enforcement officers, has been sought by U.S. Marshals, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service for more than two months. He allegedly has threatened to use “full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain me.”

During his period on the lam, Christy is believed to have stolen guns, money and food from several businesses, and wandered between Northeastern Pennsylvania and several other states, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland — and now, Ohio.

“Christy has a history of stealing vehicles and burglarizing residences,” the Ohio State Highway Patrol warned people in their area. “Make sure your residences and vehicles are secured. Ensure no keys are left in vehicles.”

Federal authorities have offered a reward of up to $20,000 for the fugitive’s capture, but warn that Christy should be considered armed and dangerous.

Previous Stories

Van allegedly stolen by Shawn Christy found in West Virginia, Aug. 2, 2018.

Fugitive Christy may have stolen Jeep in Kentucky, Aug. 10, 2018.

US Marshals believe fugitive Christy is back in the area, Aug. 21, 2018.

Authorities believe fugitive Christy may have burglarized home near Weatherly, Aug. 24, 2018.

By Roger DuPuis

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