Manhunt Details Show How Authorities Located Shawn Christy

  • 9/24/2018 11:24:19 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH -  The U.S Marshals have released additional information that illustrates how authorities were able to locate Shawn Christy on Friday. 

During the 6-day manhunt, search teams were able to establish perimeters where possible sightings of wanted fugitive Shawn Christy were reported to local police. Multiple items believed to be used by Christy were found during searches of multiple areas. 

During the investigation, multiple makeshift camps believed to be associated with Christy were located. One fresh campsite was found on Friday afternoon. The campsite had items known to be Christys. 

Once the campsite was found, a search team of all partner law enforcement agencies created a perimeter along Crider Road, Bowen Road, and Flemming Falls Road in Ashland. 140 officers in total were dispatched to those areas.  

Shawn Christy was located as a result hiding in a ravine at Camp Mowana. 

A loaded .380 firearm was recovered from Christy, along with a large knife. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating possible federal firearms violations and charges may be pending on Christy. 

Throughout the manhunt, Shawn Christy did not contact any members of the law enforcement search team regarding a surrender prior to his arrest. 

Shawn Christy will be brought before U.S Magistrate Kathleen B. Burke in Akron Ohio on Monday, September 24th for a court appearance. The court appearance is based on federal charges out of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 

Over 200 officers from nearly 20 different local, county, state and federal agencies were involved in the Manhunt in Richland County. 

Shawn Christy was apprehended near Camp Mowana In Mansfield. Christy was hiding in a ravine and was found by a K9. Christy surrendered to authorities. 

"We are most pleased that this case is resolved with Christy safely in custody and headed back to Pennsylvania to face justice," Pete Elliot, U.S Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio said. "While he may have exhibited a strong determination to avoid capture, I hope he now understands that U.S. Marshals Fugitive task forces are resolute and will not stop until they get their man."

“On behalf of the District of Eastern Pennsylvania, I want to thank our federal, state and local law enforcement partners who worked so diligently to bring this fugitive case to a successful close,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Eastern Pennsylvania David B. Webb.  “This case represents the true definition of teamwork and dedication to the pursuit of justice. And we want to expressly thank those in the community who have shown such tremendous support of our efforts to bring Christy in safely.”   

The U.S Marshals thanked the following departments for their tremendous assistance during the investigation: Richland County Sheriff's Department, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ontario Police Department, Shelby Police Department, F.B.I, Secret Service, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Sheriff's Department Bloodhound Dog Handler, Bellville Police Department, Mt. Vernon Police Department, Ashland County Sheriff's Department, Columbus Police Aviation Unit, U.S Border Patrol, and the Allied Special Operations Response Team (ASORT). 

All law enforcement that helped with the investigation also thanked the community for their support during the manhunt. 

Shawn Richard Christy, 27, of McAdoo, was wanted for threatening the president and other elected officials and had multiple state arrest warrants in Pennsylvania for burglary, probation violation, and failure to appear for an aggravated assault case. 

Christy has threatened to use "full lethal force on any law enforcement office that tries to detain me." 

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