ACSO K-9 tracks down wanted man inside an Oak Ridge church

Sunday proved to be eventful for members of an Oak Ridge church after a wanted fugitive fleeing from a traffic stop at Tulane and the Turnpike decided to use their building as a hiding place.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department says that they were contacted by Oak Ridge Police at around 11:15 am Sunday, who requested that a K-9 unit be brought in to track down the suspect, who entered First United Methodist Church in between the 10 am and and 11 am services.

The 11 am service and Worship on the Lawn at 1 pm were both canceled as the building was still being searched and cleared.

ACSO Sgt. Jon Acker and his K9 partner Baron responded to the church to search for the man, who was wanted in Ohio and was considered armed and dangerous. As the ACSO points out, Oak Ridge’s First United Methodist Church is a large building with many places to hide, but after about two hours of searching, Baron alerted on a bathroom closet. When the door was opened, the supect immediately surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

“I am very grateful to be working this dog and blessed to have some awesome people working with us and who have helped us along the way” stated Sgt. Acker.

“Today was a great example of the exceptional professionals we have working in law enforcement. The team at ORPD was phenomenal today and worked great with our agency in finding this wanted individual. The staff at First United Methodist was instrumental in this as well. Job well done by everyone” concluded Sheriff Russell Barker.

No one was hurt during Sunday’s episode.

Casey J. Jones, 30


Age: 30 


Race/Sex:  W/M

Intake Date: 04/11/2021 01:00 PM




About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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