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Manhunt ends for Pennsylvania man who allegedly threatened Trump

2018-09-22 17:59
A multi-day manhunt for a Pennsylvania man who threatened to kill President Donald Trump ended Sept. 21 when authorities captured Shawn Christy in Ohio. The search for Christy, 27, was triggered on Sunday, Sept. 16 after Christy made a threat against Trump and John Morganelli, the district attorney of Northampton County in Pennsylvania, that was later deleted. “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,” Christy allegedly wrote. Christy made the threat in early June but the manhunt was triggered when he was spotted in Ohio on Sunday after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Pennsylvania and driving into Ohio. He was on the FBI's Most Wanted list. The sighting came after Christy was spotted in August in Maryland sleeping in a stolen vehicle before fleeing the scene prior to officers arriving. Captured in Ohio Christy had fled Pennsylvania for Ohio and was captured around 4:45 p.m. on Friday in Mansfield. Deputy U.S. Marshal Anne Murphy of the Northern District of Ohio said in a press conference that Christy was captured hiding in a ravine, near Camp Mowana. "We have been combing the area for four days, and we finally zeroed in on an area where we thought he was hiding," Murphy said, reported the Mansfield News-Journal. [morearticles mode="false"]2667785, 2668127, 2668285[/morearticles] Dozens of law enforcement officers participated in the meticulous search. “It was a slow, methodical search. It was slow and took a long time. Finally there he is," Murphy said. "We searched through woods, fields, campsites. The teams eventually located him hiding in a ravine." Christy had a gun and a large knife on him when he was captured. Expected Transfer to Pennsylvania He was taken to a local jail and is expected to be transferred to Pennsylvania after appearing in an Ohio court on Monday. He was wanted on additional charges, including burglary, probation violation, and failure to appear. "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," U.S. Marshal for the District of Eastern Pennsylvania David B. Webb said in a statement sent to Lehigh Valley Live. "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." Christy's father, Craig Christy, told Fox 8 that authorities informed him his son had been taken into custody. Officials told him that his son was receiving full medical attention and was being checked for possible malnutrition.