Police Searches for Felon on the Run

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The Grottoes police department has not released much information regarding the search of a felon on Saturday.

As of 10 p.m. on Saturday, Grottoes police said the felon was still on the loose.

Kathy Shifflett who leaves nearby where police searched is staying inside for safety.

"It was scary," Shifflett said.

She received a 911 reverse call on Saturday afternoon.

She said the recording mentioned to watch out for a felon on the loose in the area.

"To watch for strangers, to lock your doors, to not let anyone strange in," she said.

After 1 p.m. on Saturday, Grottoes police department along with two sheriff's offices surrounded Dogwood Avenue and 2nd Street and Caverns Boulevard and Kellow Street, searching for a suspect running away.

Shifflett would have liked more information about the suspect's whereabouts in the 911 call.

"Well is that just in my area or or is that all of grottoes area," Shifflett said.

She said the only reason they assumed it was close because of the police cars and an abandoned car.

Shifflett also looked at a tow truck removing the car.

Police won't say if it is the suspect's.

But Shifflett said she was concerned about everyone's safety.

"We have small children on the street and we just don't have this kind of stuff that goes on," Shifflett said.

John Funk is staying outside, even after he received the alert.

He said he didn't change his plans, but he's still watching closely.

"I pay more attention when I'm outside and I'm usually outside," Funk said.
He said getting a call makes him feel safer.

"It's a good idea to let people know, causes us to keep our eyes open. Kinda watch those things and if everybody kept their eyes open and watched around it will be really hard for someone to stay on the loose," Funk said.

But for Shifflett said it's hard to keep an eye on someone with vague information.

They didn't give a description, they didn't give an age or any of that. It would've helped if they would've that a little bit more of that and if we would've gotten a follow up call," Shifflett said.

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