UPDATE: Details released about Worthington manhunt and arrest

Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 10:18 PM EDT
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UPDATE 8/22/18 @ 2:50 p.m.

Investigators are releasing more information about an overnight manhunt and an arrest in Greenup County, Kentucky.

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, a passerby flagged down a Worthington Police officer. The person said someone was inside a parked vehicle outside of an empty home on Riverside Drive and Franz Drive.

When the officer went to the home and asked the person in the vehicle to identify himself, police say the suspect gave fake information.

He was later identified as Shawn Delong, 40, of Pedro, Ohio, who was wanted on drugs and weapons charges.

"I won't go back to jail. I can't go back to jail," he allegedly told the officer.

After a struggle, Delong took off running into the woods between Riverside Drive and Old Farm Estates. Police advised neighbors to stay inside their homes with the doors locked.

Raceland Police, the F.A.D.E Task Force, Greenup Sheriff's Office, and Flatwoods Police assisted the Worthington officer in the search for Delong. The Worthington Fire Department, Raceland Fire Department, and U.S. Marshals Office also helped using an imaging camera. The Boyd County Sheriff's Office brought two K-9's who were able to pick up the scent from Delong's boots that were found in the woods.

The search continued until around 3 a.m., police say. Then around 6 a.m., officers drove by the initial empty home where police first made contact with Delong. They saw a closed door that used to be open.

An officer looked through a window and saw dirty clothes and a pack of cigarettes. That's when police say Delong walked outside. Officers ordered him to the ground and arrested him.

Delong admitted to police he knew K9's were after him and he buried himself in mud in the woods to try to throw them off the scent. He was charged with fleeing and evading police, assault of an officer, and warrants from the U.S. Marshal.

In a press release, Worthington Police Chief Randy Phillps thanked all of the agencies that helped with the investigation.

UPDATE 8/22/18 @ 8:54 a.m.

Raceland Police have identified the man who sparked a manhunt through Worthington overnight.

Shawn DeLong, of Pedro, Ohio, was arrested about 6:30 Wednesday morning.

DeLong had warrants for a weapons offense as well as possession of cocaine and failure to appear for a court hearing.

Worthington Police came upon DeLong when his vehicle broke down on Riverside Dr. near Franz Dr. about 7:45 Tuesday evening.

DeLong gave the officer false information, but the officer was still able to identify that there were warrants for his arrest.

When the officer went to make the arrest, DeLong punched him and ran into the woods.

Officers staked out a vacant home where DeLong had been staying and saw him go inside early Wednesday morning.

They made the arrest live on WSAZ Today.

DeLong admitted to police he knew K9's were after him and he buried himself in mud in the woods to try to throw them off the scent.

DeLong is in the Greenup County Detention Center, charged with assault on an officer, resisting arrest, burglary and fleeing.

UPDATE 8/22/18 @ 7:00 a.m..

The manhunt is over in the Worthington-Wurtland area of Greenup County.

The man wanted by law enforcement has been captured and arrested.

A WSAZ news crew is on the scene collecting the latest details being released by police. He was arrested live on WSAZ about 6:30 Wednesday morning at a home on Franz Dr.

Keep checking the WSAZ Mobile and for the latest information.

UPDATE 8/22/18 @ 6:00 a.m..

Folks living in the Worthington-Wurtland area are now allowed out of their homes.

According to the Chief of Police in Worthington, law enforcement searched the area using K-9's and thermal-imaging cameras.

They were unable to locate the wanted man and do not believe he is in the same area.

They ask that residents be vigilant as they go on with their normal activities,

If anyone sees anything unusual, they're urged to call 911.

Keep checking the WSAZ Mobile and for the latest information.


Residents in part of the Worthington-Wurtland area are being warned to stay inside their homes late Tuesday night due to a fugitive loose in the area, Greenup County 911 reports.

The agency reports it is happening in the area of Riverside and Franz Drive.

The man is said to be wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and possibly no shoes.

Several police departments are searching at this time.

Additional details are unavailable, but we have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and for the latest information.