Shawn Christy Apprehended In Mansfield As 5 Day Manhunt Ends

  • 9/20/2018 1:28:34 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MANSFIELD - A 4-month-long manhunt that spanned multiple states came to a head Friday afternoon in Mansfield as authorities captured and apprehended fugitive Shawn Christy. 

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. 

Shawn Christy had a gun and a large knife in his possession when he was found. 

Since September 17th, nearly 100 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies both nationally, state, and local, gathered in Mansfield, Ohio under one common goal: catch Shawn Christy.

"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, Clearfork 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." 

Previous Coverage of the Shawn Christy Manhunt can be found below.


Mansfield PD Urges Residents Stay Safe As Search Continues

Richland County's Search For Fugitive Continues Into Tuesday

Tuesday Update: Crews Continue Search For Shawn Christy

Marshals Provide Update After Manhunt Continues Wednesday

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, authorities responded to a one-vehicle crash on I-71 near mile marker 171 in the northbound lane on Sunday. The driver fled the scene, leaving behind a white 2002 GMC utility truck. The truck had Pennsylvania license plates and was confirmed to be stolen from Skitco Iron Works in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

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 the time, law enforcement knew 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.

Christy has been the subject of the search since approximately 4:41 PM on Sunday.

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