UPDATE: More Info Released In Search For Fugitive

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office

Police spent several hours Wednesday searching for a man wanted in Pennsylvania on felony warrants.

A “shelter in place” alert was issued at 5 p.m. It stated the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies were searching the area of the gorge between Route 394 and Martin Wright Road in the towns of Westfield and Chautauqua. The “shelter in place” was lifted around 8:15 p.m.

In a news release late Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office said it received a burglary complaint around 2:10 p.m. at a Route 394 hunting cabin in the town of Westfield. A man fled from the property as deputies arrived.

“A search was conducted of a very large vast wooded area but the subject was not found,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “During the search procedure, a men’s coat was found by a Sheriff K-9 that contained a male’s Pennsylvania Drivers License. A short time later a vehicle was found stuck on a well road nearby the house in question and this car was registered to the same guy on the driver license found.

“The name of the suspect is being withheld due to its an active investigation. Furthermore we do not believe the subject is a threat to the public but we do believe he could be in search of a vehicle to steal while trying to leave the area.”

The man was described as being white, 6 feet, 160 pounds, with short brown hair.

Sheriff James Quattrone said the suspect has felony warrants out of Pennsylvania for an incident that occurred about a week ago. He said additional charges are likely due to the burglary incident.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 753-2131.


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