WARNER ROBINS -- An Americus man who managed to evade capture Thursday during a huge manhunt in a densely wooded area of Pulaski County is on parole for burglary, records show.
Authorities are seeking information on the whereabouts of 31-year-old Eddie McTrail Allen, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland.
Allen is suspected of a series of burglaries in south Houston County. He also is wanted on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation, Holland said.
According to the state Department of Corrections website, Allen is on parole for a series of burglaries and a car theft in Sumter County and a burglary in Lee County. He was released from prison on June 25, 2012.
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He has tattoos on his back and left arm, according to arrest and booking records.
Holland said he thinks Allen got away before enough law enforcement officers were able to fill out a police perimeter set up along a two-mile stretch of woods near Ga. 26 that includes Macedonia Church Road.
The manhunt, which increased throughout the day to more than 50 public safety officers from multiple agencies, was called off about 10 p.m. Thursday.
The search began about 9:30 a.m. after a Houston County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a 2010 silver Ford Mustang on Ga. 26 just inside the Pulaski County line, Holland said. The vehicle matched the description of the car sought in connection with a series of burglaries in south Houston County.
Jabrea Vason, 21, of Montezuma, the driver of the car, pulled over and stopped, but Allen jumped out of the vehicle and ran off. Vason is being held without bond in the Houston County jail on six counts of burglary, Holland said. Vason was driving on a suspended license.
Anyone with information regarding Allen’s whereabouts is asked to call Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Pennycuff at 478-542-2085 or 478-542-2080.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.