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Suspect Captured in Afternoon Wakulla County Home Standoff [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Julie Montanaro
February 27, 2013, 10:25pm

The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force has just captured Matthew Hilliard.

A task force spokesman says Hilliard was captured at a relative's house on Paradise Lane in Havana.


By: Lanetra Bennett
February 27, 2013

Wakulla County, FL - Authorities had a standoff with a Wakulla County man for hours, only to find out the man had escaped the home.

The suspect has not yet been caught.

U.S. Marshals made it clear by yelling that a mobile home on Cutchin Court in Crawfordville was completely surrounded.

Linette Herrin's daughter lives there. Herrin says, "I was very scared. When she called me from school and said, mom, somebody's broke into my house and barricaded themselves in there. I said oh, my Lord."

Authorities say they got a tip that Matthew Hilliard was at the mobile home. They say he was wanted for several outstanding warrants, including one for robbery with a deadly weapon.

Cassandra Maynor lives nearby and says she was outside with her one-year-old daughter when law enforcement agents rushed into the yard at about 10:30 Wednesday morning.

Maynor says, "They told us to get inside. Then probably about 30, 35 minutes later, they called my cell phone, I guess dispatch did, and told us we had to leave the house."

Authorities yelled for Hilliard to come out of the house; even saying that going in after him wasn't a matter of IF, but, when.

After more than an hour of waiting and demanding, officers did go in. But, Hilliard was not there.

Authorities say he must've gotten away before they completely secured the area. However, authorities say they know he was there because they say his van and his dog were still there.

Hilliard's mother was on the scene Wednesday. She described how law enforcement agents busted into her home with guns asking for Hilliard.

Anyone with information of Hilliard's whereabouts is asked to call the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office at 850-745-7100.


Wakulla County, FL - Matthew Hilliard is wanted on several warrants, including one for robbery with a deadly weapon.

If you know anything about the whereabouts of Matthew Hilliard you are asked to call the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office at 850-745-7100.


Wakulla County, FL - A member of the Marshals Task Force says they are looking for a man named Matthew Hilliard. He's a white male around 5'9, 160 lbs.

Authorities say they had a tip that Hilliard was at this home. They believe he was here because his mini van and his dog are still here. They did not find him when they entered the home.

The girl who lives here has pulled up. She says she believes the man has broken into her house before because she's been having trouble using her front door key.


Wakulla County, FL - A deputy has ordered a 'Be On the Lookout For' to be released. Law enforcement agents are walking in the woods behind the residence.


Wakulla County, FL - Sheriff Creel is on scene. A woman who lives next door has reported that there are an ambulance and emergency vehicle on standby. She said authorities told everyone in her house to leave when they first arrived.


Wakulla County, FL - Police have entered a house at the scene.


Wakulla County, FL - About a dozen marked and unmarked Wakulla County Sheriff's Office and Tallahassee Police Department vehicles are on scene at an apparent stand-off. US Marshals are also on scene and have been speaking through the megaphone issuing warnings.


Wakulla County, FL - Deputies have blocked off a road into a residential neighborhood in Wakulla County.

We're told there is some type of incident at 45 Cutchin Court in Crawfordville. Officials will only say that it is an active investigation and cannot tell us more right now.

WCTV has a reporter on scene and will bring you more details as they become available.


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