Charges revealed following DeKalb County manhunt

Charges revealed following DeKalb County manhunt
Jonathan Richards (Source: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has finalized charges against a man who was the subject of a manhunt.

Jonathan Richards, 42, of Geraldine was served all of the warrants regarding a string of car break-ins and ensuing manhunt in Geraldine that occurred July 14.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 1 p.m. that day, investigators went to a residence in Geraldine in attempt to speak with Richards about the vehicle break-ins the night before. Investigators say Richards then barricaded himself in the residence, and the house caught fire shortly after.

The Geraldine, Crossville, and Fyffe fire departments all responded to the blaze. After the fire was extinguished, it was discovered that Richards escaped.

Investigators say several firearms were stolen the night before, so they treated him as armed and dangerous.

Multiple agencies assisted the search.

Richards was captured near County Road 104 a short time later and was transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center without further incident.

UPDATE SUSPECT CAPTURED: Jonathan Richards was captured a short time ago on County Road 104. Thanks for everyone that shared our post and gave us tips!

Posted by DeKalb County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Investigators say evidence of the break-in was later found at his home.

Richards remains in the jail on charges of third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, second-degree theft of property, fourth-degree theft of property, and third-degree criminal mischief. He currently has a $153,500 bond.

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