TIPP CITY — A suspect who fled from a traffic stop near Tipp City, prompting a manhunt and rerouting school buses, is being held in the Miami County Jail on one felony and five misdemeanor charges.
The suspect, Richard Cantrell Jr., 29, of Clayton, is awaiting arraignment on charges including fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property and first-degree misdemeanor misuse of a credit card, as well as first-degree misdemeanor failure to comply and second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest.
Tipp City police were notified by Shelby and Montgomery County detectives of Cantrell’s involvement in “numerous thefts” in three counties, including Miami County. Detectives also alerted the department that Cantrell was southbound on I-75, reports show.
A Tipp City officer attempted a stop near the 68 mile marker, when Cantrell fled on foot near I-75 and Ginghamsburg Road around 1:45 p.m. Reports state that Cantrell fled across six lanes of traffic on the interstate.
With assistance from Miami County Sheriff’s Deputies, Butler Township and Vandalia Police, along with troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and a K-9, Tipp City police set up a perimeter and searched an area from Tipp-Cowlesville Road to County Road 25-A.
Tipp City Schools were advised to delay dropping off students who lived near the area until an all-clear was given and residents were told to stay indoors with doors locked.
The perimeter was lifted around 4 p.m., when several residents called Miami County 911 to report seeing the suspect walking in the area of Winding Way.
Officers then pursued Cantrell on foot through a wooded area until he was captured at gunpoint near Hidden Hollow Road.
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