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Sumter Co. authorities capture wanted man

Christopher Yawn in handcuffs (Source: WALB) Christopher Yawn in handcuffs (Source: WALB)
Christopher Yawn is wanted on several charges (Source: Sumter Co. Sheriff) Christopher Yawn is wanted on several charges (Source: Sumter Co. Sheriff)
Yawn is having to hide in dense woods (Source: WALB) Yawn is having to hide in dense woods (Source: WALB)
Screen grab of the dashcam video (Source: Sumter Co. Sheriff's Office) Screen grab of the dashcam video (Source: Sumter Co. Sheriff's Office)
SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

Christopher Yawn, who was on the run for felony probation violation and vehicle theft, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

Yawn is in the Sumter County jail right now.

He could have his first appearance before a judge as early as tomorrow.

He was hidden in wooded areas off Highway 19 for more than 30 hours. 

Sumter County Sheriff's deputies believed they would catch him soon, as he tried to hide in dense woods.

Chief Investigator Major Ralph Stuart said that Yawn, 39, stole another ATV overnight, and stole some ammunition as well. He didn't get far on that ATV, which was found bogged down.

"We want to catch him before he causes any more property damage," Stuart said.

He was spotted Tuesday afternoon, stealing a black jacket from a house near the vicinity of Violet and Tulip Drives, in Americus. He discarded the old jacket he was wearing.

Deputies asked ATV owners to chain up their vehicles, or block them in, because Yawn can hot wire them, and steal them easily.

Officials said he threatened a custodial guardian, and threatened to kidnap his six-year-old daughter. She was removed from the county once the threat was made.

"It is my understanding that he has some issues with some drugs. Who can say why a person acts or behaves that way or get in someone's head. He has had a reported violent past history," Stuart said.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office was join in the search by Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Corrections, Schley County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Sheriff's Office, Ellaville Police Department, and GSP Aviation.

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