Mansfield PD Urges Residents Stay Safe As Search Continues

  • 9/17/2018 9:29:12 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The Mansfield Division of Police are reminding residents to stay alert and safe as the search continues in Richland County for Shawn R. Christy. 

Mansfield PD reminds residents to make sure that their homes are locked, as well as their vehicles. History shows that Christy likes to enter vehicles that are unlocked with keys in them. 

It is also advised that if you see Christy, do not approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous. 

"If any resident of the city of Mansfield would happen to come across this individual, we recommend them not to approach, but to immediately contact law enforcement." Keith Porch, Assistant Chief of the Mansfield Division of Police, said. 

SWAT Teams along with SRT of the Ohio Highway Patrol are currently doing secondary searches in Mansfield and surrounding areas. 

The suspect in question, Shawn Richard Christy, is 26 years old. He is described as a white male with short brown hair and green eyes. Christy is 5'10" and weighs roughly 165 pounds. He has a tattoo on his upper right arm of a cross with barbed wire.

At this time, law enforcement knows of no discernible personal connection to the area. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with the Police Departments of Bellville, Mansfield, Ontario, the Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, the Violent Fugitive Task Force, and METRICH units all participated in the search. Multiple helicopters, a fixed-wing airplane, and multiple drone units were used during the manhunt to help cover the search area.

Christy is wanted by the FBI for allegedly threatening to harm or kill a police chief, a district attorney, and the President of the United States. Christy made the threats via several Facebook status updates between June 3rd and June 12th. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the United States District Court on June 19th, with specific charges related to Interstate Communication of Threats, and Threats Against the President of the United States.

Christy may be in possession of several stolen handguns and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Christy's whereabouts is advised to call police or the FBI. Christy has made numerous threats that if confronted, he will resort to violence. Residents are advised to seek shelter, secure all vehicles and building entrances, and ensure that no keys are left in vehicles. Christy has a history of stealing vehicles and burglarizing residences. If seen, call 911 immediately.

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