Escaped Convict in South Walton Captured

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  1. Misty

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    From the Sheriff...

    Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. the continued pursuit of these individuals spanned several hours and multiple counties. We believe Stringer is now contained to the Carillon Beach area of Bay County. They have taken over the search. WCSO is still assisting.
     
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    Thanks Misty!
     
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    We need a "you're welcome" button too! LOL
     
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    Why do escaped prisoners come to South Walton - or are they trying to make it to PCB? Lots of kids out of school today (or on lockdown at school). And an overall strange Friday being 9/11. Keep your doors locked y'all.
     
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    Long day and a late night for all of our deputies. Hope they apprehend the last floater soon.
    At least we don't have to worry about the schools being on lockdown for the next two days.
    Agree with Matt. How in the world did we get from a truck wreck at 283 and 98 to a manhunt
    in Carillon?
     
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    CARILLON BEACH-- UPDATE 5:53 P.M.

    Late Wednesday night, Christopher Stringer, along with Chase Courville, 26, Christopher Newcomb, 23, escaped from the Tensas Detention Center in Louisiana. Courville, and Newcomb are back in custody, but the search continues for Stringer.

    "A deputy sheriff working an extra protection detail, looking for suspicious vehicles in reference to local burglaries, got behind a vehicle that he found out was stolen, attempted to stop the vehicle, and then there was a high speed pursuit," said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson.

    That is when the manhunt for three escaped inmates began.

    Chase Courville, Christopher Newcomb and Christopher Stringer had escaped from the Tensas Detention Center Louisiana September 9th.

    After escaping from prison authorities say they stole a car in Mississippi and made their way to the Panhandle.

    During the first high speed chase, Courville crashed the car in the Inlet Beach area, and Newcomb and Stringer escaped.

    Moments later, they stole another car, but only made it to County Road 283 in Walton County, before they were stopped by authorities.

    "We were able to find a second vehicle that the inmates escaped in and started a pursuit with them. By using spike strips they stopped that vehicle and captured a second inmate," said Sheriff Adkinson.

    Then the manhunt for Stringer got under way. Investigators found out Stringer was moving east, towards Bay County.

    Officials began searching the Carillon Beach area, knocking on doors, and searching from above. Christopher stringer is 21-year-old, 5'7" with blonde hair and blue eyes. He had two years left on his sentence for theft of a motor vehicle.

    Sheriff Adkinson video and 2 others
    Multiple Agencies Search for Escaped Inmate in Carillon Beach Area
     
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    Any news? Is Inlet Beach covered by the search or the lockdown?




     
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    Shortly after their escape, the trio stole a car in Mississippi and headed for the panhandle. "A Walton County deputy sheriff working an extra protection detail, looking for suspicious vehicles in reference to local burglaries, started following a vehicle that he found out was stolen, attempted to stop the vehicle, and then their was a high speed pursuit," said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson.

    During the first high speed chase, Courville crashed the car in the Inlet Beach area, and Newcomb and Stringer escaped. Courville was captured. Moments later, they stole another car, but only made it to County Road 283 in Walton County, before they were stopped by authorities.

    "We were able to find a second vehicle that the inmates escaped in and started a pursuit with them. And by using spike strips and stop that vehicle and capture a second inmate," said Sheriff Adkinson. Newcomb was captured but Stringer began moving toward the east on foot.

    Stringer is is described as 5’7” tall, 140 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a cross on his right forearm and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt. He was last seen in the Carillon Beach area and officers have the area saturated with manpower and dogs. Several Walton County schools went on lockdown Friday morning as a precaution, and those living in the Carillon Beach area are asked to stay indoors.


    Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. said the escaped Louisiana inmate is top priority for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office right now. “Every resource available is being used to ensure the public's safety. Law enforcement continues to search for him and will until his capture.”

    The search is now being coordinated by the Bay County Sheriffs Office. Walton County Sheriffs Office is assisting and is providing air support with the Sheriff’s helicopter. Game Wardens, the Department of Corrections, Panama City Beach Police and the United States Marshals have been brought in to help hunt the fugitive.

    Deputies say if you see Stringer, do not approach him but notify the Sheriff immediately by dialing 911.
     
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    Before 5 yesterday the Sheriff posted on fb that people could contact Chief Deputy AJ Smith of the Walton County Sheriffs Office for information.

    P.S. Walton county police dept said they are continuing to search in the Carillon Beach area.
     
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    Frank McKeithen - Bay County Sheriff


    Fugitive Christopher Dale Stinger believed in the area of Carillon Beach. The BCSO is assisting the Walton County Sheriff's Office in the search. If you have any information on the location of this fugitive please contact local law enforcement. (BCSO 747-4700)
     
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    Can't find any official updates for today. I suppose the situation remains the same.
     
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    According to the DFS Herald the update from the Bay County Sheriff's Dept, is from today.
     
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    Just now!


    Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.
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    Update on manhunt for Christopher Stringer. Law enforcement continues to believe Stringer is contained in the Carillon Beach area to the Inlet Beach area. The marsh and wooded area is very thick and is extremely difficult to search.

    Stringer is from the back country of Louisiana and is accustomed to living in the lowlands. He has no family or friends in the area. Also he has no shoes, shirt, food or water and is not familiar with the area.

    In excess of 50 law enforcement officers are currently searching door to door and will be searching the low swamp and wooded areas again. Law enforcement has been in the area all night and will continue to have a strong presence until Stringer is captured. If anyone observes any suspicious activity please call 911.
     
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    The Sheriff's Ofc. also clarified some statements/questions on their fb page saying: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.There were two car crashes. First at Inlet Beach and a few minutes later on 283. After the first crash one of the escapees immediately stole another vehicle. There were 3 escapees. We captured one escapee at each crash. And the 3rd, Stringer fled on foot at Inlet Beach.
     
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    Thanks for posting. It's the first report I've seen relevant to today's events that I've seen.

    I feel for the people in carillon area. Nerve wracking whether he's armed or dangerous or not. He's at least desperate.
     
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    Armed and dangerous...not so much, desperate yes and desperate people make desperate mistakes. He has had no shoes, no shirt, no food or water for the last several + hours and that coupled with the elements will eventually take a toll on his physical acuity. If he hasn't already, he will soon make a huge mistake and end up right back where he started from. Only this time I highly doubt it will be in a minimum security facility.
     
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    Should get cold enough to root him out tonight.
     
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    People who are reporting on the Sheriff's site say no one is at Carillon now...but have seen police activity on Lake Powell and searching bridge area west of Camp Helen. Helicopters on site as well.
     
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    Heavy WCSO presence in Inlet Beach according to residents.
     

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