Fugitive Shawn Christy agrees to be sent back to Pennsylvania to face federal prosecution

October 1, 2018

Fugitive Shawn Christy agrees to be sent back to Pennsylvania to face federal prosecution

AKRON, Ohio -- A Pennsylvania man captured by authorities near Mansfield last month after being on the run for three months agreed Monday to return to his home state to face charges related to threats against President Donald Trump.

Shawn Christy waived his detention and identity hearings, which were set to take place Monday afternoon in Magistrate Judge Kathleen Burke’s courtroom in Akron. Christy, 26, briefly appeared in court and gave short answers to questions from Burke.

His decision means he has stipulated that he is the person named in an out-of-state federal indictment and that he will agree to remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, which will return him to Pennsylvania.

Christy reserved his right to seek a bond in front of another judge once he arrives in Pennsylvania.

A federal judge issued a warrant June 19 for Christy, a McAdoo resident, in connection to Facebook threats to the Northampton County, Pennsylvania district attorney, stating, “Keep it up (John) 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.”

Christy also posted a message on Facebook to Morganelli that said “Your (sic) a dead man ... Lets play,” according to a grand jury indictment issued in Scranton. He also has outstanding warrants for burglary, probation violations and not appearing in court for an aggravated assault case.

The now-captured fugitive also said he would “use lethal force on any law enforcement officer that attempts to detain” him on an outstanding arrest warrant, the indictment states.

The Mansfield-area community was on high-alert for about a week in September as law enforcement looked for Christy. Some schools closed as a precaution and police encouraging residents to lock their homes, cars and sheds. 

Investigators on Sept. 21 found a camp site with items believed to be Christy’s, and a search team created a perimeter and found him in a wooded area in Mifflin Township. He was armed with a loaded gun and a large knife, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

More than 200 state and federal police and agents were involved in the search.

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