ADAIR COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man who has openly threatened President Donald Trump, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and other public officials has made his way to Kentucky, and investigators want to find him fast.
Investigators say they have no doubt that fugitive Shawn Christy came to Adair County this past weekend. What they don’t know is whether he is still there.
Jo Janes, who has owned the Flower Garden on Columbia’s town square for almost three years, said the quiet town has been interrupted by the buzz surrounding Christy.
"We’re a small town, you know," said Janes, who has lived in Columbia all of her life. "Don't really have that much excitement. Not a whole lot happening."
Christy, who is from Pennsylvania, is on the run from federal authorities. His trail leads to Columbia.
"Some people are a little concerned, a little worried, hoping that he gets caught," Janes said.
The FBI says Christy also sent threatening Facebook messages to Meyer, Adair County’s favorite son.
"I consider him to be dangerous," said FBI special agent Brad Mullins. "He's believed to be armed at this time. He's made comments that he would use full lethal force against any law enforcement that tries to detain him, so we take that very seriously.
"He wanted to confront Mr. Meyer. We do not have a reason why."
Meyer used to live in Adair County, but he doesn't anymore. Authorities do not know if that’s why Christy came to the county, perhaps not knowing that Meyer relocated.
On Saturday, they found a stolen car that Christy abandoned near the Green County line.
"We were able to positively ID the fingerprints matching Mr. Christy in that vehicle," Mullins said.
The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for information about Christy, all the while warning people who live and work in the area to be cautious.
"No one should try to confront this individual or make a citizen's arrest, because he is considered armed and dangerous," Mullins said.
However, Janes does not believe Christy stuck around.
"I honestly feel like he's not here anymore," she said. "I think he's done left and gone somewhere else. But I really don't know."
But if he did, she said Christy is the one who had better watch out.
"I think we’re good at defending ourselves around here," she said.
The FBI is warning residents to lock their cars, because Christy is known to steal them. If you have information on Christy's whereabouts, call the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324), or the U.S. Marshals Service at (202) 307-9100.
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