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Snow helps Uniontown police nab suspect

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Police followed footprints in the snow to track down a man who ran into a wooded area and crawled into a hole in an attempt to hide from them.

After he was hunted down, the handcuffed suspect escaped but was recaptured.

Monty Jackson, 24, of 117 W. Main St., Uniontown, is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, escape, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

In a criminal complaint, Uniontown police said they responded to a report of two males checking vehicle doors on Cramer Avenue on Monday.

Officers saw fresh footprints in the snow near the vehicles and came upon a man who was carrying a black bag. The man ran, and the officers gave chase.

They followed one set of footprints to Crossland Avenue, across a stream and into a wooded area near Crossland Avenue. The officers followed the footprints into the woods, where one of them found Jackson “tucked in a burrow.”

An officer placed handcuffs on Jackson and was helping him out of the hole when Jackson said he was stuck on something. When the other officer broke a tree branch to free Jackson, the officer lost his hold on Jackson's wet clothing and Jackson ran off in handcuffs, according to the complaint.

Police lost sight of Jackson during a foot pursuit but were able to follow his footprints to Grant Street, where Jackson was found lying in a wooded area. Jackson was taken into custody but refused to identify himself. He was arraigned under the name “John Doe,” but police Chief Jason Cox said he was identified as Jackson.

Jackson was taken to Uniontown Hospital after he complained of chest pains and trouble breathing, according to the complaint. Charges have been filed with Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.

Liz Zemba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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