U.S. Marshal's Manhunt Nets Limestone County Fugitive

LIMESTONE COUNTY (August 25, 2014) A manhunt for a fugitive wanted in at least two aggravated assaults in the Mexia area ended Sunday when a U.S. Marshal's task force found him hiding in a rural home.

The hunt for Jeffrey Lynn McDonald began Saturday after deputies say he rammed a woman's car and fled into a nearby field.

McDonald already was wanted In connection with an incident during which a woman's Mexia home was ransacked, she was assaulted and had gasoline poured on her and was threatened with being set on fire, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson said.

Wilson said he believes several of McDonald's friends helped him hide until Saturday, when he got into a fight with one of them.

In the second incident a man got into a fight with a woman at a home on Farm-to-Market Road 1633 near Mexia during which she was able to get into her car and try to escape.

The man rammed her car and then fled, sparking to manhunt, Wilson said.

Limestone County deputies, a Department of Public Safety helicopter, Mexia police, a dog tracking unit from the Boyd Unit at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and U.S. Marshals were involved in the search for most of the day Saturday.

Marshals kept the house where they believed McDonald was hiding under surveillance and on Sunday found he had broken back into the Marshals kept the house where they believed McDonald was hiding under surveillance and on Sunday found he had broken back into the house on FM 1633, where they arrested him without further incident.


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