WARNER ROBINS -- A man who managed to evade capture during a massive manhunt in the dense woods of Pulaski County has been arrested in Columbus.
Eddie McTrail Allen, 31, of Americus, is suspected of a series of burglaries in south Houston County. He also was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.
Sheriff Cullen Talton said authorities caught up with Allen on Friday in Columbus.
Sheriff’s Capt. M.J. Stokes said Allen was arrested about 9 a.m. by Houston County sheriff’s Cpl. James Spivey, Sgt. Angel Nunez and three members of the U.S. Marshal Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Allen was taken into custody without incident at a girlfriend’s apartment, Stokes said. Allen is expected to face fleeing and additional charges in connection with the manhunt, Stokes said.
On July 24, Allen likely 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 Macedonia Church Road, according to Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland. The more than 12-hour manhunt involved more than 50 public safety officers from multiple agencies.
The search began that morning after a Houston County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a 2010 silver Ford Mustang on Ga. 26. The vehicle matched the description of the car sought in connection with the burglaries.
Jabrea Vason, 21, of Montezuma, the driver of the car, pulled over and stopped, but Allen jumped out of the vehicle and ran. Both were being held Friday without bond in the Houston County jail on several burglary charges.
Stokes noted that the agencies that helped with the search and later with Allen’s arrest were “a tremendous help.”
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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