The subject of a Tuesday afternoon manhunt in Kirksville is now in police custody.
According to the Kirksville Police Department, George Heller Jr. has been located and arrested on two counts of Driving While Suspended/Revoked and two counts of Resisting/Interfering with an Arrest by Fleeing after a series of events that started Monday, May 5, 2014.
Monday morning around 1:30, an officer with the Kirksville Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Heller in reference to a felony charge. Heller fled the stop at a high rate of speed and was not apprehended at that time.
Then on Tuesday afternoon around 1:30, Kirksville Police responded to the 2200 block of East Illinois in reference to a report of a vehicle that had been taken on a test drive and not returned in a timely manner.
While investigating the report, an officer came into contact with Heller and while attempting to take him into custody, Heller fled on foot.
A perimeter was established with the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, MSHP K-9 Unit and MSHP Aircraft Division, but officers were unable to locate the fugitive.
On Wednesday, Kirksville Police developed information about Hellerâ??s possible location and responded to a residence on East Center Way. Officers obtained the home ownerâ??s consent, entered the home and located Heller attempting to conceal himself under a bed. Heller was taken into custody without incident.
The Kirksville Police Department was assisted in these incidents by the Adair County Sheriffâ??s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, MHSP K-9 Unit and MSHP Aircraft Division.