A suspect faces charges from three different law enforcement agencies following a manhunt earlier this week.
Lt. Alan Roach with the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office said William Shane Blalock, 44, was arrested around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the M Star Hotel in White County just north of the Cleveland Square. The arrest followed a car chase and foot pursuit on Monday night involving deputies with the Hall County and Lumpkin County sheriff's offices as well as troopers with the Georgia State Patrol.
Blalock was previously the suspect in a burglary on December 2 in Hall County, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office. Blalock allegedly entered the garage of a home on Grant Ford Road intending to steal something, although nothing was reported stolen. Deputies responded to the home when the victim was alerted by a home security device.
Deputies were able to identify the vehicle driven by Blalock on Tuesday as the same vehicle used in the attempted burglary. They identified Blalock as the same suspect in the burglary incident and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Blalock has lived in Douglasville and Decatur in the past, but was believed to be homeless at the time of Monday night's incident. According to the Hall County Sheriff's Office, he remains in the Hall County Jail and is considered a suspect in a separate burglary.
Blalock faces the following charges, according to Roach:
Lumpkin County Charges:
- Theft by Taking
- Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer
- Fleeing and attempting to Elude
- Interference with Government Property
Hall County Charges:
Georgia State Patrol Charges resulting from chase and crash:
- Hit and Run and possibly other miscellaneous traffic charges
Original story posted Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m.
A major manhunt involving multiple agencies has now ended with the suspect in custody in Lumpkin County.
According to Lt. Alan Roach with the Lumpkin County Sheriff's office, the suspect was involved in a police chase in North Hall County and Lumpkin County Monday evening.
A Facebook post from Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office states Lumpkin County deputies made contact with the individual and pursued him into the area of Claude Parks Road and Charlie Jackson.
According to Lt. Roach, the pursuit ended in Lumpkin County after the individual struck a pursuing officer's vehicle, and the officers then lost sight of the individual's vehicle.
The individual then crashed a short distance from where they had struck the officer's vehicle, according to Lt. Roach.
After the individual crashed, he apparently ran on foot. Units with Lumpkin County, Hall County, and the Georgia State Patrol responded to the area in an attempt to locate the individual.
Sherriff Stacy Jarrard praised the efforts of individuals who assisted in the search. "I would like to thank the Lumpkin County Investigators for your hardwork today in apprehending the subject at large from last night's manhunt," he says. "Great work, everyone!"