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Christy’s Mother: Son’s Time On The Run Was ‘crazy’

September 23, 2018

Christy’s Mother: Son’s Time On The Run Was ‘crazy’

MCADOO — Karen Christy can’t describe what the past three months have been like with her son, Shawn, on the run. “Crazy” is the only word that comes to mind.

“I’m relieved that this part of the journey is over,” she said Saturday, the day after her son was captured by U.S. Marshals in a wooded area in the northern Ohio community of Mifflin Twp.

Shawn Christy was found Friday hiding among rocks in a stream bed after a more than three-hour search, in which dogs picked up his scent. The 26-year-old McAdoo man was wanted on a federal warrant for online threats he allegedly made against the Northampton County district attorney and President Donald Trump.

He will appear before a federal magistrate in the Northern District of Ohio on Monday and will then be brought back to the Middle District of Pennsylvania to answer charges, Deputy Robert Clark of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force said.

Shawn Christy will then answer charges in various municipalities and states where he has had run-ins with the law while eluding capture, Clark said.

“We brought him in safely,” Clark said. “We couldn’t ask for a better conclusion.”

The potential for confrontation with law enforcement existed as Shawn Christy was found with a knife and .380-caliber handgun, Clark said. He praised officers for their professionalism in apprehending the fugitive.

Karen Christy was glad that her son was safe, but never expected him to threaten or challenge law enforcement, she said.

“I didn’t think he would cause a confrontation, because he’s not like that,” she said. “I think a lot of people were relieved that he’s safe.”

Karen Christy and her husband, Craig, do not plan to travel to Ohio to see their son, as they believe he will be brought back to Pennsylvania later this week. They are preparing for their son’s legal battle, which is the second part of this journey, she said.

“We do have lawyers in the works,” she said.

U.S. Marshals began searching on June 19 for Shawn Christy, who led them on a cat-and-mouse-like chase through Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and finally Ohio, where he crashed a pickup truck police believe he stole from a Hazle Twp. business on Sept. 16.

Nearly 100 law enforcement officers from local agencies in northern Ohio had been searching the Mansfield, Ohio, area since Monday.

Christy’s arrest Friday came hours after his father urged him to surrender. In a Facebook post shortly after 11 a.m., Craig Christy advised his son to turn himself in to bounty hunter and television personality Duane “Dog” Chapman.

“Please call me so I can have Dog Chapman bring you in,” Craig Christy said in the post, according to The Morning Call of Allentown. “He has arranged lawyers and bailbondsman for you.

“Pack it in son, you proved your point.”

Shawn Christy appeared to have seen his father’s post and responded, “I’ll be in touch.”

History

Shawn Christy first made headlines in 2010 when Sarah Palin, then governor of Alaska, filed a restraining order against him.

More recently, state police at Hazleton said he broke into Hazleton Oil and Environmental in Audenried, Banks Twp., on July 7. Troopers filed charges against him in that case. A pickup truck reported stolen from there was found abandoned in New York near the Canadian border the following day.

Marshals believe Christy stole another vehicle in New York and traveled south until it overheated and was abandoned on Interstate 81 near Scranton.

A man resembling Christy then broke into the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Lackawanna County. Police searched for him there on July 17.

Butler Twp. police said he broke into a relative’s home on July 25, taking supplies and guns. Four days later, a man resembling Christy was seen on video surveillance at Rohrer Bus Co., on Route 309 in Butler Twp., where a school bus van was stolen.

Surveillance pictures obtained by the FBI in Pittsburgh and captured July 30 at Sheetz in Wexford, Allegheny County, appear to show Christy at a sales counter.

The Rohrer van was found abandoned in Nitro, West Virginia, on Aug. 2. Authorities suspect Christy in the theft of a 2012 Toyota Tundra near Poca, West Virginia, that they believe he later abandoned.

He was spotted on video surveillance Aug. 9 at the home of Dakota Meyer, a decorated Marine, in Greensburg, Kentucky. Food reportedly was stolen along with a green 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Meyer is the former son-in-law of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Christy is suspected of stealing another vehicle on Aug. 19 in Allegheny County, Maryland. The 1997 GMC Sierra pickup truck was found abandoned in Rush Twp. on Aug. 21.

A man matching Christy’s description broke into a home on Ben Titus Road near the Still Creek Tavern in Packer Twp., Carbon County, on Aug. 23. When confronted by the property owner, he told the man he was homeless and searching for food.

The next day, surveillance video showed Christy breaking into Skipper Dippers, an ice cream shop and restaurant, around 10 p.m., helping himself to food and other provisions, according to Rush Twp. police. Days later an employee of the business reported seeing a man resembling Christy at its dumpster at 8:45 p.m.

Authorities believe Christy took cash, food, a shotgun and a box of ammunition from Skitco Iron Works in Hazle Twp. on Sept. 5.

State police at Hazleton said an unidentified man entered an unlocked office at Haulmark Industries Inc., Banks Twp., on Sept. 13 between 9 and 10:30 p.m., taking $20 and a black skullcap. The intruder also smashed the glass on a vending machine, from which he stole several candy bars, before fleeing on foot. U.S. Marshals wouldn’t confirm the thief was Christy. The business is in the McAdoo Industrial Park.

Skitco was broken into a second time and a pickup truck was taken during the early morning hours of Sept. 16. That vehicle was found crashed near Mansfield, Ohio, last Sunday. Law enforcement in Mansfield closed schools on Monday and Tuesday as they searched for Christy.

A day later, bounty hunter and television personality Duane “Dog” Chapman reportedly said he’d be joining the search.

Contact the writer: kmonitz@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3589

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