By Patrick McCreless
Local authorities suspect the armed man who they thought was hiding in an Arkadelphia trailer for seven hours Saturday escaped beforehand in a stolen vehicle.
Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden said after agents cleared the trailer and discovered the suspect — Christopher Kahn Laye, 28 of Sumiton — was not there, a next door neighbor reported his vehicle had been stolen.
“It appears after he (Laye) ran into the trailer, he evidently came out and stole the car,” Roden said.
The vehicle is described as a 2009 blue Ford Fusion. Laye is described as a white male with short hair, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. Authorities suspect he is armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and consider him extremely dangerous.
Authorities do not suspect, however, that Laye is still in the Cullman County area.
“It’s very doubtful he is in our area,” Roden said. “It was a coincidence he was in our area to start with.”
More than 50 law enforcement officers from several agencies surrounded the trailer, located on Highway 91, after an Alabama State Trooper in a helicopter witnessed Laye run inside around 11 a.m.
Laye escaped custody from Sumiton police Friday night after he was arrested during a meth lab bust. Roden said Laye stole a police car to make his getaway, taking the officer’s firearm with him. At some point, Laye stole another vehicle, which a Cullman County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Saturday morning.
Laye fled the scene and drove the vehicle to the trailer, which was unoccupied at the time.
After several hours of waiting and a few unsuccessful attempts at communication, agents launched tear gas into the trailer and sent in a robot to check out the scene around 5:30 p.m. A team of agents quickly followed, at which point they confirmed Laye was not at the scene.
Anyone with information about Laye’s possible whereabouts can contact the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at 734-0342.
‰ Patrick McCreless can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 734-2131 ext.
By Patrick McCreless
- Breaking News
(UPDATED) One killed when 18-wheeler, car collide at entrance to CRMC
One person was killed and another critically injured when an 18-wheeler collided with a car at the entrance to Cullman Regional Medical Center before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning on Alabama Highway 157.
‘The present and the future’: REHAU opens expansion, breaks ground on research center
It seems one huge announcement just wasn’t enough for REHAU on Monday.
Candidates revealed for county schools’ superintendent
The five candidates up to become the next superintendent of the Cullman County Board of Education have been revealed, and the list includes a few familiar names.
Bomb scare evacuates Warehouse Discount grocery store
Warehouse Discount Grocery in Town Square Shopping Center was evacuated for a brief period of time Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. after an employee found a note claiming a bomb was in the store.
Mother charged with child abuse in connection with infant son’s death
A Cullman mother has been charged in connection with her one-year-old child’s death. The infant victim’s body was sent for an autopsy and the official cause of death has not yet been determined.
(UPDATED) One-year-old dies on birthday, mother’s boyfriend arrested
A Cullman man has been charged with aggravated child abuse in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son.
Sheriff's office excavating for evidence in 2009 Tabitha Franklin missing woman case
The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is currently excavating at a Cullman County home in search of evidence related to the 2009 disappearance of 29-year-old Tabitha Franklin of Cullman.
UPDATED: Man captured after fatal shooting of Berlin woman
A suspect was taken into custody at gunpoint after fatally shooting a 32-year-old Cullman County woman in her residence in the Berlin community around 1 p.m. Sunday.
Cullman County could see severe weather this evening
A line of potentially severe storms are expected to hit Cullman County within the hour and could last until midnight, Emergency Management Agency officials said.
UPDATE: Tommy Drake, Kim Drake facing disqualification from election after local GOP allegations of 'opportunism'
Cullman attorneys, Tommy Drake and his wife, Kim, may be disqualified by the state Republican Party to run for U.S. Congress House District 4 and Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals respectively.
- More Breaking News Headlines
- (UPDATED) One killed when 18-wheeler, car collide at entrance to CRMC