Posted: Wednesday, May 8th 2013 at 4:27pm
Massive manhunt leads to arrest of man wanted by ATF
By Rob Moore Editor
HARTWELL – It took more than six hours, but 100 law enforcement personnel captured two people wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in Hart County just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said the search for the pair, identified as 29-year-old Brandon Wayne Arnold and 25-year-old Heather Elaine Frankum, both of Seneca, S.C., started about 3:30 and ended around 9:45 p.m.
“We were looking for a young couple in their 20s – ATF had warrants for him for buying and selling stolen guns, dealing in drugs, all kinds of stuff,” Cleveland said. “The ATF out of Greenville, S.C., was looking for them and they had reason to believe they were up here on Doyle Road in Hart County.”
Cleveland said the couple was on Doyle Road and bailed out of a van and fled on foot when officers approached them.
Cleveland and another deputy chased them into the woods for some distance before losing contact with them. At that point, a bloodhound was brought in and also tracked them for a time before losing the trail after about a mile.
Because the two were in an area confined by a law enforcement perimeter, a helicopter from the Georgia State Patrol, equipped with infrared technology, located the pair in the woods.
“He had made the statement he wasn’t go to go back to prison alive, that we’d have to kill him,” Cleveland said. “He did have two semi-automatic guns loaded to the hilt, but apparently chose not to use them, because we made an arrest without incident after we found them.”
Both Arnold and Frankum were taken to the Hart County Jail, where he was turned over to U.S. Marshals for ATF Wednesday morning.
Cleveland appreciates all the help in the search, especially the GSP helicopter that helped officers pinpoint the pair.
“There was right at 100 law enforcement officers there from GSP, Department of Corrections, Department of Transportation DMVS, Franklin County, Habersham County, Anderson County, GBI,” Cleveland said. “We had enough folks that we secured an area that was probably three miles one way, a mile the other way and a mile and a half the other way. It was a huge area. We set up a perimeter and kept them inside it.”
Frankum is charged by Hart County with obstruction of law enforcement and will have a bond hearing Thursday, Cleveland said.
Exact ATF charges on Arnold, and where he was taken after leaving Hart County Wednesday, have not been released.
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