A woman and her granddaughter said on Friday that they had front-row seats to a Thursday manhunt.
Law enforcement officials searched by ground and air for a man who was considered armed and dangerous.
“We were sitting there watching it, and she said, ‘OK, grandma,’ and she was going to get up and go, and she said, ‘Grandma, who’s that man coming across the road?” Peg Canter said.
The man, identified as William Wills, allegedly led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Fairfield County deputies on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.
Wills, 22, and his passenger, Jodi Graf, bailed from the car and barged into neighbor’s homes.
They entered an unlocked home, found a fridge and made themselves at home. The two had sodas and took off clothes.
“Well, when I saw him out the windows, he just had these shorts on, no shirt,” Canter said.
Canter said that Wills and Graf knocked on their door, but she called 911.
“I thought, ‘What if he comes in here, and we have all three of these little kids, and then I’m handicapped,’ you know,” Canter said.
Graf, 28, a passenger in the stolen car, was arrested on an unrelated warrant. Four weapons were recovered from the vehicle.
Wills faces charges including receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding, burglary and weapons under disability.
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