Fugitive Wanted For Alleged Trump Threat Spotted
A man fitting the description of fugitive Shawn Christy broke into a home on Ben Titus Road in Rush Twp. late Thursday night, Deputy Robert Clark, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force, said.
The man fled the home near the Still Creek Tavern at the Carbon County/Schuylkill County border around 10 p.m. and went into a wooded area, state police said.
Clark said law enforcement conducted a search of the area with negative results.
Ben Titus Road is less than two miles from where Christy abandoned a pickup truck that he stole in Maryland.
The burglary victim told police that the man told him he was homeless and was looking for food, police said. The man was wearing blue jeans, an olive drab “military-style” T-shirt with a red baseball hat and a thick, bushy beard, police said.
Rush Twp. supervisors through their Facebook page are urging residents to keep their doors locked and stay vigilant while the manhunt continues. They encourage residents to report any suspicious activity to police or call 911.
If Christy is observed, he is to be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Do not approach him and contact 911 immediately — do not delay in calling, police said. Any and all suspicious activity should immediately be reported to police by contacting 911.
The search for Christy will continue, Clark said. The Marshals Service has been concentrating its search in the area between Hazleton and Tamaqua, he said.
Christy is wanted on a federal warrant for Facebook threats he made against the Northampton County district attorney and President Donald Trump. The search for Christy began in mid-June in McAdoo, where he lives, and neighboring Kline Twp.
Christy has been suspected in a number of crimes, including vehicle thefts and burglaries, while on the run. State police charged him for stealing a vehicle from his former employer July 7 in Banks Twp. The vehicle was found abandoned in New York near the Canadian border the following day.
He is believed to have stolen another vehicle in New York and then abandoned it after it overheated on Interstate 81 in the Scranton area. Law enforcement searched the woods near the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Clarks Green, Lackawanna County, after video surveillance from four days earlier showed someone who resembled Christy breaking in and stealing food.
Police also charged him with breaking into a relative’s homes in Butler Twp., stealing three guns, ammunition and other provisions. Someone who resembles Christy was caught on video surveillance at Rohrer Bus Co. in Butler Twp., where a school bus van with company lettering was stolen. The van was recovered in Nitro, West Virginia, days later.
Christy was also spotted at the home of Dakota Meyer, a decorated Marine, in Greensburg, Kentucky. Meyer is former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s former son-in-law.
Christy got in trouble with the law in 2010 after Palin, also a former governor of Alaska, took out a restraining order against the McAdoo man. Christy served time in prison for violating parole on charges of harassing Palin’s attorney.
On Sunday, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland got a call about a suspicious man in a tan shirt and blue jeans, sleeping in a vehicle in Cumberland, Maryland. He fled and was unable to be located. Marshals responded and positively identified the sleeping man as Christy.
On Monday, a business reported a 1997 GMC Sierra pickup truck stolen from the area in Cumberland where Christy fled. He is considered a suspect in that vehicle theft.
Christy is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and dark blond hair. He has a tattoo of a cross on his right upper arm and a full beard, and speaks with a noticeable lisp.
Christy has multiple state arrest warrants in Pennsylvania for burglary, a probation violation and failure to appear for an aggravated assault case.
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