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Fugitive Shawn Christy to appear in federal court Monday in Ohio

September 22, 2018

Fugitive Shawn Christy to appear in federal court Monday in Ohio

MANSFIELD, Ohio -- Shawn Christy, a Pennsylvania man who eluded federal agents for three months, was booked Friday into the Richland County Jail where he awaits a Monday hearing in federal court, officials said at a Friday evening press conference in Mansfield.

A police dog picked up on Christy’s scent Friday afternoon and led State Highway Patrol troopers to a ravine in a densely wooded area in Mifflin Township, near Mansfield, officials said. He was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. and had a gun and a large knife in his possession, according to the U.S. Marshals.

Nearly 100 law enforcement officers from various state and local agencies had been searching the Mansfield area since Sunday, when authorities believe Christy stole a pickup truck in Pennsylvania and crashed it near the Interstate 71 and State Route 13 interchange near Mansfield and fled on foot, the U.S. Marshals said. 

“We are most pleased that this case is resolved with Christy safely in custody and headed back to Pennsylvania to face justice,” said U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio Pete Elliott. “While he may have exhibited a strong determination to avoid capture, I hope he now understands that U.S. Marshals task forces are resolute and will not stop until they get their man.”

Christy, 27, has multiple arrest warrants in Pennsylvania for burglary, probation violations and failure to appear for an aggravated assault case, according to the U.S. Marshals. He also threatened to use “full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain me.”

A federal warrant was issued June 19 for Christy in connection to Facebook threats to the Northamption 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.” 

“On behalf of the District of Eastern Pennsylvania, I want to thank our federal, state and local law enforcement partners who worked so diligently to bring this fugitive case to a successful close,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Eastern Pennsylvania David B. Webb.

“This case represents the true definition of teamwork and dedication to the pursuit of justice. And we want to expressly thank those in the community who have shown tremendous support for our efforts to bring Christy in safely,” Webb said. 

The Mansfield-area community was on high-alert this week with some schools closed as a precaution and police encouraging residents to lock their homes, cars and sheds. 

The U.S. Marshals thanked the following agencies for their assistance: Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, FBI, Secret Service, Ontario Police Department, Shelby Police Department, Allegheny County (PA) Sheriff’s Department’s bloodhound dog handler, Clearfork Police Department, Mt. Vernon Police Department, Ashland County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department Aviation Unit, U.S. Border Patrol and Allied Special Operations Response Team. 

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