He ran from Somerset County law enforcement, but he did not get far




  • In US
  • 2022-10-04 09:12:18Z
  • By The Daily American

A 47-year-old man, with no listed home address, ran from sheriff deputies Friday afternoon after being taken into custody on a bench warrant for a retail theft third degree felony charge in an incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 15, 2019.

Two sergeant deputy sheriffs were walking a handcuffed Thomas Edward Mitchell to the Somerset County Jail from the county courthouse where he had been ordered to be retained in that facility when he began to run on the sidewalk along East Fairview Street. The jail is located at 127 E. Fairview Street in Somerset Borough. The back of the Somerset County Courthouse, where he was being walked, is diagonally across from the jail.

He continued to run even after ordered by the deputies to stop. The deputies took chase and caught him in the grassy area adjacent to 218 N. Kimberly Avenue in front of the Somerset Magisterial Office. The magistrate's office is about two blocks from the courthouse.

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Mitchell continued to struggle to break free there and again did the same once just outside the jail's sally port, according to a probable cause affidavit.

"Once inside, Mitchell did lunge toward this affiant and was placed against the wall," wrote Sheriff Deputy Mark Hogan in the affidavit. Hogan was not one of the escorts.

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Initially, Mitchell was placed on a $5,000 bond in the 2019 retail theft case. He bonded out the same day on Dec. 15, 2019. Since then he failed to appear for a scheduled call of the criminal trial list and mailed court documents were returned to the court. Several bench warrants have been issued against Mitchell for those actions, the last appearing to be in September, according to the court docket.

Now his bail amount is set at $50,000 after his arraignment Monday before Somerset District Judge Ken Johnson on charges of escape, a third-degree felony and resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 11 before Johnson.

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This article originally appeared on The Daily American: He ran from Somerset County law enforcement, but he did not get far

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