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Additional Details In Shawn Christy Case Released

November 7, 2018 GMT

Authorities have released additional details in the case against Shawn R. Christy, the McAdoo man who led law enforcement on a multi-month, multi-state manhunt this summer. Shawn R. Christy, 27, was arraigned Oct. 30 on three criminal cases filed against him by state police at Hazleton for crimes that occurred in July, August and September in Carbon County. Magisterial District Judge Joseph Homanko, Weatherly set bail at a combined $750,000 during the arraignment, which Christy attended via video from Lackawanna County Prison. He refused the right to a public defender during the proceedings, stating he wished to defend himself. Preliminary hearings on all three cases were set for Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. before Homanko. Each of the court cases filed against him offer additional details that were previously not released to the public. According to court papers: ■ A vehicle owned by Hazleton Oil and Environmental Inc., Banks Twp., was found in upstate New York on July 8 before it was reported missing from the company located just outside of McAdoo. Agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection contacted troopers about the vehicle, which was found in a ditch off County Route 20, about 100 yards from the U.S./Canadian border and about a quarter mile west of Route 30. Troopers contacted the business owner, who was unaware of the missing truck until he canvassed the property with troopers. Video surveillance showed Christy, a former employee of the company, on the property at 3:35 a.m. July 7, taking food from the pantry and commandeering the truck. He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft and bail was set at $100,000 in that case. ■ It was 9:45 a.m. Aug. 23 when a sleeping resident of 6233 Quakake Road in Packer Twp. awoke to the sound of a door opening. Grabbing his rifle, the man went into his kitchen and yelled, “You come out or I’m coming in!” A man resembling Christy emerged from a nearby bedroom with his hands in the air, stating he was homeless and starving, and asked the owner not to shoot. They stood in a hallway 10 to 12 feet apart until Christy ran when the owner told him to leave. Troopers arrived around 11 p.m. after the owner called them, learning Christy rummaged through bags of clothing and the contents of a closet after he entered the house by removing a window air conditioning unit and dropping it to the ground. Christy, who had a bushy beard at the time, didn’t have a gun, wasn’t wearing gloves and wore an olive green shirt, blue jeans and a red hat. He spoke with a slight lisp, which he is known to have. He was spotted in the same attire during an Aug. 24 break-in caught on video surveillance at nearby Skipper Dippers on Route 309. He gained access to the restaurant by removing a window air conditioning unit there, too, according to Rush Twp. police, who have a case pending against him at Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer’s office in Tamaqua. Christy faces burglary, criminal trespass, attempted theft and criminal mischief and bail was set at $500,000 in that Packer Twp. case. ■ On Sept. 13, Christy was caught on video surveillance inside Haulmark Industries, 6 Banks Ave., Banks Twp., just outside of McAdoo, stealing $20 that belonged to a woman and a $5 knit hat that belonged to the company, and smashing and stealing from a vending machine, all between 9 and 10:30 p.m. Christy entered through an unlocked office window in the administrative building, taking the cash and hat, and then he entered the main building through an unlocked door. He smashed the glass on the vending machine, causing $50 in damage, and helped himself to several Payday candy bars and bear claw pastries with a total value of $8. The intrusion was discovered the following morning, when it was reported to police. He also accessed his Facebook page while inside and posted to his account. Troopers charged him with burglary, criminal trespass and theft and his bail was set at $150,000. Christy has been incarcerated in Lackawanna County since the end of October, awaiting federal trial on a four-count indictment handed down in July. He was indicted for threats he allegedly posted in June on Facebook against President Donald Trump, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and police. Christy pleaded not guilty to the four federal charges against him Oct. 26 and awaits a pretrial conference on Nov. 13. He also has another local court case to contend with. Magisterial District Judge Daniel O’Donnell, Sugarloaf Twp., set Christy’s bail at $100,000 on Oct. 24 for a July 25 break-in and theft of guns and supplies from his uncle’s home on Klinger Road. Butler Twp. police said he left behind notes for his mother and uncle in that break-in, committed while on the run from law enforcement. He awaits a preliminary hearing in that case. The U.S. Marshals Service and other police attempted his arrest June 20 on a bench warrant for a March 15, 2017 aggravated assault case in McAdoo, a probation violation in Northampton County and the threats he made online. He sought refuge locally in wooded areas of McAdoo, Kline Twp., Rush Twp. and Butler Twp., in Lackawanna County and in other states for roughly three months. He is accused of stealing vehicles and crossing the New York, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland state lines and the U.S.-Canadian border until he was finally captured in a stream bed in Mifflin Twp., Ohio, on Sept. 21. Christy’s parents said that their son lashed out online after feeling that he received no justice for the March 2017 altercation he had with the then-mayor of McAdoo concerning their street not being plowed after a massive snowstorm. Contact the writer: achristman@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3584