Police: Fugitive In Trump Threat Spotted In Maryland

August 21, 2018
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Police: Fugitive In Trump Threat Spotted In Maryland

The search for a McAdoo man who’s been on the run from law enforcement since mid-June has crossed into yet another state.

Law enforcement said Monday morning that the search for Shawn R. Christy, 26, of McAdoo, brought them to Maryland.

The U.S. Marshals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Secret Service are still asking for the public’s help locating Christy, who among other things, is wanted for threatening the president and other elected officials on social media.

A federal warrant was issued June 19 for Christy in relation to Facebook threats made against the Northampton County district attorney, stating, “Keep it up Morganelli, I promise I’ll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump.”

Law enforcement searched multiple areas locally for Christy but haven’t been able to apprehend him. A man resembling Christy took a school bus company van in Butler Twp. on July 29. That vehicle was found abandoned days later in Nitro, West Virginia.

Law enforcement said he was spotted Aug. 9 on surveillance video breaking into a home of Sarah Palin’s former son-in-law in Greensburg, Kentucky, from where a 2001 Jeep Cherokee was stolen. That vehicle was also later found near Nitro, West Virginia.

Then Sunday, around 7 p.m. the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland fielded a call from a resident about a suspicious man in a tan shirt and blue jeans, sleeping in a vehicle in the 13000 block of Winters Lane in Cumberland, Maryland. He fled and was unable to be located. Marshals responded and positively identified the sleeping man as Christy.

Monday, a business owner reported a 1997 GMC Sierra pickup truck with Pennsylvania license plate ZGL-2845 stolen from the area in Cumberland where Christy fled. Christy is considered a suspect in that vehicle theft.

Anyone with information about this vehicle or Christy should call 911 immediately, the U.S. Marshals at 877-WANTED-2 (877-926-8332) or the FBI at 215-418-4000. A cash reward for information leading to his arrest remains at $20,000. Individuals should not attempt to arrest Christy themselves.

Christy is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and is a white male with a light complexion 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. He claims to be a survivalist.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force is searching for Christy. It’s a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Membership agencies include the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Parole Officers and Pennsylvania State Police.

The June search for Christy began with law enforcement searching for him in McAdoo and neighboring Kline Twp. The search turned north after Christy allegedly stole a vehicle from his former employer July 7 in Banks Twp. State police at Hazleton charged him in that theft. The vehicle was later found abandoned in New York near the Canadian border the following day.

Marshals said he is then believed to have stolen a vehicle in New York, later abandoning it after it overheated on Interstate 81 in the Scranton area. Then on July 17, law enforcement searched woods behind the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children in Clarks Green, Lackawanna County, after video surveillance from four days earlier showed someone who “strongly resembles” Christy breaking in and stealing food.

He’s also accused of breaking into a relative’s home in Butler Twp. on July 25, stealing three semi-automatic guns, ammunition and other provisions, while leaving behind an apology note to the homeowner and another for his mother. Butler Twp. police charged him with that burglary.

He was on the run southwest of Pennsylvania after the July 29 bus company van theft and while in that area marshals said he broke into the home of Dakota Meyer, a decorated Marine in Greensburg, Kentucky. Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of soldiers pinned down in Afghanistan in 2009. He is Palin’s former son-in-law.

Christy got in trouble with the law in 2010 after Palin, a former vice presidential candidate and 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 and was charged last year with assaulting McAdoo Mayor Stephan Holly.

Christy also has multiple state arrest warrants in Pennsylvania for burglary, a probation violation and failure to appear for an aggravated assault case involving the Holly encounter. While on the run he has threatened to use “full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain” him, police said.

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