Fugitive wanted for threats to POTUS captured

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A fugitive wanted for threatening to shoot the President of the United States has been arrested.

Shawn Richard Christy, 27, was arrested after 4:30 p.m. Friday in a densely wooded area in Mifflin Twp. by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He was found hiding between some large rocks on a streambed and was arrested with a knife and a .380 handgun, according to authorities.

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

Christy was taken to a local hospital for examination and will be held in custody in a local facility, pending his extradition back to Pennsylvania, according to a press release.

Nearly 100 law enforcement officers from multiple local agencies in northern Ohio had been searching for Christy in the Mansfield area since Sept. 17 after he crashed a stolen truck on Interstate-71 in Mansfield and fled on foot.

Christy, of McAdoo, was wanted by the FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Service and U.S. Secret Service for multiple offenses. The Pennsylvania man U.S. Marshals, FBI, U.S. Secret Service and other state and local law enforcement agencies had been searching for Christy since June.

Christy allegedly threatened to harm and/or kill a police chief, other law enforcement officers, a district attorney and President Donald J. Trump. He allegedly posted the threats on Facebook between June 3 and June 12, saying that he was going to shoot President Trump in the head, according to a press release.

Christy was wanted for threatening the president and other elected officials and had multiple state arrest warrants in Pennsylvania for burglary, probation violation and failure to appear for an aggravated assault case.

He had threatened to use “full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain me,” authorities said in a statement

A federal warrant was issued June 19 for Christy in relation to Facebook threats to the Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 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,” according to the press release.

He has been charged with interstate communication of threats and threats against the president of the United States, according to a press release.

“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 such tremendous support of our efforts to bring Mr. Christy in safely.”

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