Pursuit leads to arrest
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Meigs County Sheriff Scott Fitch reports that on Friday, May 12th, 2023 Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were responding to a call in the Village of Syracuse in reference to a male subject known as “Kid” threatening individuals with a firearm. Deputies and Pomeroy PD arrived at the scene and a female began to flee on foot behind the residence. Upon fleeing on foot deputies observed the female and a male subject get into a KIA SUV and continue to flee in their vehicle.
Deputies and Pomeroy PD pursued the vehicle and were joined by Racine PD and the State Highway Patrol. At one point, law enforcement lost sight of the vehicle in the vicinity of SR 124 in Syracuse, but were able to reestablish a visual on the vehicle in the area of Morning Star Road in Racine. As deputies and officers continued pursuit of the vehicle, it came to a stop on Morning Star Road and the male subject fled from the vehicle on foot and into the woods. Meigs County Sheriff’s Office K9 Attila began a track on the male.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Brittany Greenleaf, 36, of Portland. Greenleaf was taken into custody from the vehicle and faces charges of Failure to Comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a felony of the third degree in addition to a charge of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted prior to it being impounded and a 12 gauge shotgun was recovered.
The male suspect was taken into custody on Morning Star Road shortly after fleeing from the vehicle on foot. He was identified as Michael Richmond, 35, of Point Pleasant, WV. Richmond faces charges of Having Weapons Under Disability, a felony of the third degree in addition to resisting arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Richmond also had felony arrest warrants out of Meigs County, Gallia County, and the State of West Virginia.
Sheriff Fitch would like to thank the Pomeroy, Racine, and Middleport Police Departments, the State Highway Patrol, Meigs County EMS, and Meigs County 911 for their assistance.