CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- When police showed up Sunday night to Cathalene Murphy’s house on Beechwood Drive, she says she had a bad feeling.

“They said they got a call about some man running up the side of the pond here in the woods, and I already knew it was Fred,” Murphy said.

Fred Benavides, 44, is Murphy’s ex-husband. She has a protective order against him.

Despite the call, police didn’t find anyone, so they left.

“About 10 minutes later, I guess he had thought that we’d all left. He was crawling out of the woods, like on all fours,” Murphy said. “It just scared me really bad, and I went in and I called 911.”

According to Charlestown Police, Benavides took off running toward Tunnel Mill Road.

Police searched the area for hours, using a helicopter and K-9, but there was no sign of the suspect.

Chief Keith McDonald with the Charlestown Police Department says Benavides stole a truck, got it stuck, then stole a 2010 Chevy Silverado and drove away.

“We’ve dealt with him a lot. I’ve dealt with him several times throughout my career,” Chief McDonald said. “We have had cases here recently where it seems like he’s getting more desperate and a little bit more violent. We think a lot of this is fueled by a dependency on narcotics.”

Chief McDonald says his officers were already looking for the suspect on several arrest warrants. The charges include intimidation with a firearm, car theft, and violating probation.

The chief says Benavides is also wanted for questioning in quite a few burglaries and thefts around the city.

Murphy describes her husband as desperate and says he’s into witchcraft and does not appear to be in good health.

“He’s got nothing to lose. He’s going to prison, so nobody’s safe,” Murphy said. “He’s dangerous. Very dangerous. He’ll do anything.”

Benavides was last spotted in a black 2010 Chevy Silverado with an Indiana “In God We Trust” license plate — USI-306.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Charlestown Police Department anonymous tipline at 812-256-CHPD.

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