Athens Township police arrest elusive suspect


ATHENS TOWNSHIP — The Athens Township Police Department announced an arrest of a Towanda man who had eluded police for over a day in a Facebook post on Thursday night.

“We would like to advise residents of the East Athens area that after a lengthy search conducted by numerous officers from the Athens Township Police Department, Mitch Cassidy Johnson, 26, of Towanda, Pennsylvania was taken into custody at a residence on Front Street in Athens Township,” the online public service announcement said.

Johnson had originally fled on foot from members of the department into the woods in the East Athens area early on Wednesday, the Facebook post said.

The suspect fled after officers had arrested his wife and attempted to take him into custody. Johnson was wanted on warrants by the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office as well as by the New York State Police out of Horseheads, police said.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident and subsequently incarcerated in the Bradford County Jail.

Athens Borough police and fire departments as well as the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Sayre Borough police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Bradford County Public Safety Drone team assisted the Athens Township Police Department in locating and apprehending Johnson.

“We would like to thank the residents of the area for their assistance with providing information in reference to Johnson’s location while the search was taking place,” the statement said. “Without the assistance from the members of the public, this outcome would have not been possible.”

Pat McDonald can be reached at (570) 888-9643 ext. 228 or Follow the Morning Times on Twitter @Morning_Times.

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