Assault suspect caught after escaping from patrol truck

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 16, 2007 - A Como man waiting to be taken to jail on multiple charges after he apparently climbed out of the window of a Hopkins County Sheriff's Office patrol truck and fled on foot.

Marcos Andres “Andy” Noah, 26, was finally located by officers with the aid of a thermal imager and taken into custody after a nearly four-hour manhunt.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Cpl. Eddie Moon, Sgt. Todd Evans and deputies Jeff Santos and Aaron Hanna answered a report at 11:23 that a woman in Como had been assaulted by her boyfriend, who was armed with a knife and still inside the First Street residence.

Officers found Noah hiding in a back bedroom. He was disarmed and placed under arrest for aggravated assault and put in a patrol truck.  Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services were called to check on the victim while deputies finished up with the victim and crime scene, according to arrest reports.

While they were busy, Noah escaped from the rear of the patrol unit — apparently crawling through an unlocked window — and fled on foot. A manhunt was launched, and deputies combed the area searching for the man.

Around 3 a.m., officers using a thermal imager located Noah at his father’s residence on Gaskins Street, according to reports. Authorities contacted the father and Noah's sister-in-law, and Noah was found hiding in the back bedroom with the door locked.

He was again taken into custody at 3:12 a.m. and taken to the county jail, where he was booked for aggravated assault, escaping from custody and failure to identify as a fugitive. 

While at the Gaskins Street residence, a 24-year-old Como man, a relative of Noah's, was also arrested by deputies. He was asleep in the house, and when asked to identify himself gave a false name to deputies, at least one of whom could positively identify him by another name, according to arrest reports. The man, who was already wanted on a warrant for bond forfeiture, was charged with failure to identify as a fugitive from justice.

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