Man hides in manure to avoid arrest

April 23rd, 2010 by


ALBION, Ind., (WANE) – A wanted man in Albion literally created a big stink to avoid being captured by police. 52-year-old Thomas Hovis Jr. was found hiding neck-deep in a pit of liquid manure.

Police were seeking to arrest Hovis for multiple felony drug charges out of Steuben County, including manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. His previous offenses include multiple drug charges, aggravated battery, and even a murder conviction in Florida.

Several tips led Noble County Police and SWAT Team members to the home of the man’s girlfriend at 0866 West U.S. 6 in Albion Tuesday afternoon.

“We had units that were observing the location,” explained Doug Harp, Chief Deputy for the Noble County Sheriff’s Department. “We decided based on the information that we had about his criminal background, the charges he was faced with, that we should use our tactical teams.”

When officers arrived, they saw Hovis run into an outbuilding at the rear of the residence. Police attempted to coax Hovis out of the building, but he refused.

SWAT team members eventually deployed tear gas to enter the building and locate Hovis hiding inside a manure pit.

“There was a grate over the top of him. Officers could see him down in there and he was standing up to his neck in the liquid contained in that pit,” said Harp. “I think it was just a desperate individual trying his best not to be apprehended by police.”

Hovis was removed from the pit and continued to fight arrest. He was treated at the scene for hypothermia and then transferred to a Parkview Noble Hospital for further care. After being treated, he was taken to the Steuben County Jail.

A search of the home where Hovis was found also turned up three one pot meth labs, 18 marijuana plants and two grams of methamphetamine. Three guns were also seized, including an assault rifle.

Police say Hovis will likely face additional charges in Noble County. It’s not clear if his girlfriend will also be charged for the items located inside the home.


2 Responses

  1. michael furbush

    What a dumb ass

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