Fugitive caught near Holt Lake

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 08:47 PM

OXFORD — Granville County sheriff’s deputies with assistance from state troopers ended a hunt of several hours for a fugitive near Holt Lake Thursday.

Joshua Aaron Mitchell and David Martin Yakacki, both 21 years old and from Maryland, were in a stolen Mercedes SUV driven by Yakacki when pulled over for a traffic stop on Interstate 85. They escaped briefly before being stopped again on old Route 75 not far from Butner and the lake.

Yakacki was caught almost immediately but Mitchell, who had a fugitive warrant for arrest in Maryland, escaped on foot toward the lake, according to Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr.

“He ran all around that lake for a good three or four hours,” said Det. Doug McFee of the sheriff’s office.

Assisted by a state trooper helicopter, troopers on the ground and Butner’s office of public safety, Mitchell was caught and both men were jailed.

Yakacki, who has a Berlin, Md., address, remained jailed on $100,000 bond Thursday evening. He faces charges of felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of stolen goods and resisting officers. He also has numerous open traffic citation cases, McFee said.

Mitchell, from Ocean City, Md., remained jailed on $75,000 bond. Charges against him include possession of stolen goods, possession of marijuana, possession of items for possible drug use and resisting arrest.

Both had been out of incarceration custody on active probation orders, according to McFee.

According to Maryland court records, Mitchell served a 6-month sentence in jail on a six-count marijuana distribution case. At a July 10 sentencing in Circuit Court for Worcester County, five counts were set aside by prosecutors and Mitchell had been ordered to serve a one-year probation.

With credit for time served, he was able to complete his jail term in two months.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.