A McAdoo man sentenced in federal court for harassing former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her lawyers allegedly tried to flee authorities who tried to arrest him in the borough Wednesday.
The U.S. Marshals Service tried to arrest 21-year-old Shawn Christy on a warrant for violating probation in the case, but he ran from his South Harrison Street home. Marshals caught up with and subdued Christy after a short foot chase and found him with a knife.
Marshals say Christy has been a fugitive since fleeing the Catholic Social Services Residential Program in Scranton, where he had been placed as part of his sentence. According to marshals, Christy left the facility without approval, was verbally abusive toward staff and caused property damage at the facility.
Marshals in Alaska, where Palin and her lawyers were the subject of Christy's threatening phone calls, obtained a fugitive warrant Nov. 21, and marshals in Pennsylvania learned Christy had returned to McAdoo, the release says.
Christy, who along with his father, Craig Christy, had been charged with making the harassing calls, was sentenced in June in federal court in Alaska to five years probation.
The Christys pleaded guilty to the charges in January.
Arrested on probation violation
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