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Citizen tip aids police in apprehending man who escaped from custody


Petersburg police apprehended Chase Martin, 19, last Friday evening from a residence on Lumber Street after he escaped custody earlier in the week.

Chief Kelly Swihart said an officer originally arrested Martin Tuesday evening on charges of Theft and Violating Conditions of Release. He later complained of a medical issue so the officer escorted Martin to Petersburg Medical Center where he then fled and escaped at about 10:30 p.m.

Swihart said police issued a $25,000 outstanding arrest warrant. Officers also became aware that local residents were assisting Martin after he fled.

“Local folks have been helping him, providing him a place to stay and transportation,” Swihart said.

After receiving a tip from a resident in the area, police canvassed the neighborhood, going door to door to houses on Lumber Street and others near the neighborhood, passing out flyers.

“About two hours afterward, we received a call from someone in the neighborhood,” Swihart said.

Officers apprehended Martin without incident, Swihart said.

Martin now faces an additional charge of Escape in the 3rd degree.

The investigation into who was assisting Martin is still ongoing. Anyone who helped him evade capture could be charged with Hindering Prosecution in the 1st degree—a felony crime.


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