Search For Fugitive Wanted For Alleged Threats Against Trump Heads South

August 3, 2018

Search For Fugitive Wanted For Alleged Threats Against Trump Heads South

A search for a McAdoo man running from federal authorities veered into West Virginia on Thursday.

Deputy Robert Clark, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, said authorities are processing a school van found Thursday morning in Nitro, West Virginia, which is 460 miles from where it was stolen Sunday — the Rohrer Bus Co. in Butler Twp.

Rohrer’s surveillance video showed the thief resembled Shawn Christy, who has been charged with multiple crimes, including threatening to put a bullet in the president’s head, and been at large for 44 days.

U.S. Marshals and the FBI offer a combined reward of $15,000 for information leading to the capture of Christy, but they ask people who see him to call 911 or the Marshals’ tipline at 877-926-8332 instead of approaching him.

Christy, 26, stands 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes.

On July 25, Christy left a note apologizing for a break-in at his uncle’s home in Butler Twp. from which two handguns and ammunition were stolen.

On July 7, state police charged Christy with stealing a vehicle from his former employer, Hazleton Oil and Environmental, Audenried.

The vehicle was discovered a day later in New York near the Canadian border.

In June, authorities said Christy threatened President Donald Trump and District Attorney John Morganelli of Northampton County in posts on social media, on which he also threatened to kill police who try to arrest him.

Christy also faces charges of simple assault for a scuffle with McAdoo Mayor Stephan Holly that began with an argument about snow plowing in March 2017.

In 2011, Christy pleaded guilty to making harassing telephone calls to the attorney for Sarah Palin, former vice presidential candidate and governor of Alaska, who took out a protective order against Christy.

Christy was sentenced to probation, which he served prison time for violating.

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