A 26-year-old man who managed to elude local and state authorities in a manhunt during the noon hour last Friday in the Mesena area was caught later that afternoon at a business in Thomson.
Major Ronnie Williamson of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department identified the suspect as Bobby Micael Meadows, of the 3000 block of Stone Chapel Road, Mesena. Mr. Meadows was taken into custody about 5 p.m. last Friday after Sheriff Logan Marshall received a tip that the suspect was at the Speedee Food Mart on Gordon Street in Thomson.
Deputies quickly responded to the business and apprehended Mr. Meadows without incident. Mr. Meadows was charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers, criminal trespass and cruelty to children, according to a report filed by Deputy Kerry Johnson. He was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson where he still was being held on Monday.
At the time of Mr. Meadows' arrest, he also was wanted on traffic charges by Thomson police and obstruction of law enforcement officers by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
In his report, Deputy Johnson said he responded to a call about a criminal trespass complaint from Jacob Jackson, who lives at 3063 Magnolia Trailer Park, off the Mesena Road. The complaint was initially filed with a 911 dispatcher shortly before 11:30 a.m. Mr. Jackson reportedly told Deputy Johnson that the suspect and three children, described as "toddlers" were attempting to break into his residence through a rear window and back door.
Mr. Jackson said he was awakened by a noise. When he looked out of his front door, he spotted one of the children in a stroller and two others attempting to knock on his door. A man ran from the back door to the front door, asking for a couple of dollars, but when Mr. Jackson refused to give the man the money, he and the three children left.
The suspect later was spotted near the old post office in Mesena and ran when he saw Deputy Johnson. The man ran towards a wooded area.
A perimeter was set up by deputies, officers with the Thomson Police Department and troopers with the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown. Deputies with the Warren County Sheriff's Department also assisted.