Ohio police arrest suspected killer of 4 after intense manhunt

By Sara Shayanian and Eric DuVall  |  Oct. 13, 2017 at 9:21 AM
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Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Ohio police said they arrested the man charged with killing four people, including a young boy, after an intense two-day manhunt that ended Friday.

The suspect, Aaron Lawson, was charged with three counts of murder and one count of aggravated murder for the crimes. He is also expected to be charged for attacking a fifth person, who was stabbed but survived and alerted authorities after fleeing the crime scene.

Lawson, 23, was last seen Thursday morning running into a wooded area in Lawrence County after he'd run his pickup truck into a ditch trying to evade sheriff's deputies.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeffrey Lawless thanked local, state and federal law enforcement, more than 100 of whom "saturated" the wooded area where Lawson had fled.

"Today may be Friday the 13th, but it's a good day in Lawrence County, because we've captured one of Lawrence County's most wanted," Lawless said.

Lawless said the suspect was spotted by a civilian who phoned in a tip that they had seen Lawson walking on the side of the road. Officers responded and took him into custody without resistance.

"I think he was just plum worn out from being out in the elements," Lawless said.

The arrest came two days after a grisly scene was discovered inside a mobile home in southeast Ohio.

Three adults were found dead in the trailer Wednesday, apparently shot to death. The body of the boy, who lived in the home, was found Thursday after searchers covered the expansive crime scene near the trailer.

"It looked like [someone] had been trying to hide the child in a location that wasn't obvious for law enforcement to look at," Lawless said.

According to authorities, Lawson visited the home frequently and was associated with everyone who lived there. A motive for the deaths is not yet known.

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