Shawn Christy Expected In Court Today

September 24, 2018

Shawn Christy, the 27-year-old Schuylkill County man who led police on a three-month chase after allegedly threatening President Donald Trump and others, is due in federal court Monday after his capture last Friday. Christy is expected to have a hearing in Akron, Ohio, where a judge will consider motions to extradite him back to Pennsylvania. After his arrest Friday afternoon, Christy was taken to a hospital for a checkup and was taken to a holding cell after that, federal marshals said. Christy was apprehended in Mifflin Township, Ohio, about 6 miles northeast of where he is believed to have abandoned a truck along Interstate 71 outside Mansfield. Federal officers and police from northern Ohio and eastern Pennsylvania made the arrest, U.S. Marshal Robert Clark said. Christy was still trying to elude police, but police dogs finally led officers to him and he gave up in a ravine between some large rocks and a streambed. “He was actively hiding,” U.S. Marshal Anne Murphy said. “And he was hiding from the time that he heard our guys moving. He eventually surrendered, yes, but he hid from our team on the ground.” He had a knife and a .380 handgun on him, marshals said. Shortly after the arrest, his father Craig Christy said he and his wife, Karen, were “relieved, feeling good.” Craig Christy said officials told him Shawn was in fairly good health. “He’s got a little limp and some malnutrition from being out in the woods,” he said. “Other than that, he’s not too bad. He’s safe.” The limp may have been from a knee injury, reported last week on Shawn Christy’s Facebook page, that he suffered as he fled Aug. 19 from U.S. marshals in Cumberland, Md. Authorities had been looking for Christy since June 6 on charges he failed to show up May 30 for jury selection in an assault case against him in Schuylkill County. In that case, he is charged with swinging a stick at then-McAdoo Mayor Stephan Holly on March 15, 2017. Federal marshals, the FBI and the Secret Service joined the hunt for Christy on June 19, a week after he allegedly posted a threat to “put a bullet” in Trump’s head. Since then, law enforcement officials said, he led officers on a chase through six states and Canada. Craig Christy has said his son made the Facebook threats against Trump, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and others in order to draw attention to the “corruption” that was conspiring to convict him of a crime he didn’t commit. On Friday afternoon, Craig Christy told The Morning Call that his son’s words and actions helped to reveal the other side of the story. “The point he made was there was an injustice done in McAdoo with the former mayor and the police officer,” he said. “That’s going to be addressed now.”

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