TAMAROA — More details have been revealed about this week’s hunt for a man wanted for multiple crimes, including assaulting a police officer.
Anthony Melvin was arrested in Tamaroa on Thursday after eluding police for more than a week, according to a news release from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office.
Melvin fled from Sesser police on Wednesday when they attempted to serve him a warrant on a theft charge from the week before. As he fled, he assaulted a police officer. Sesser Police Chief Ryan White said the officer involved in the incident had bruises and scrapes, but would be OK.
White said Melvin did pull a knife on the officer, but that officers were able to disarm Melvin.
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After fleeing from Sesser, reports came that Melvin had stolen a 2012 Hyundai Sante Fe.
According to the Friday news release from Perry County, Melvin had allegedly been tied to multiple vehicle thefts in both Franklin and Perry counties.
The release said reports came on Thursday that Melvin had been seen in Tamaroa riding a red ATV. Melvin attempted to flee law enforcement over roads and fields, which prompted local law enforcement agencies, aided by the U.S. Marshal Service, to set up a perimeter to contain him.
The release said that at 3:16 p.m. Thursday a 911 call came of a disturbance on East Tamaroa Road. Officers were in the area and responded quickly, where they apprehended Melvin.
According to court records website Judici, Melvin has been charged with a felony count of theft in Perry County. Searches in Franklin County didn't turn up any court records. There were no court dates listed for Melvin.