Man­hunt con­tin­ues for child molesters

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

Lo­cal, state and fed­eral au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to search for two men ac­cused of com­mit­ting sex crimes in New­ton County, but more tips are coming in as pub­lic aware­ness of the fugi­tives grows.

Don­ald Mac Brown, 36, and David Wes­ley Craw­ford, 57, are be­ing sought by sev­eral agen­cies un­der the um­brella of the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice South­east Re­gional Fugi­tive Task Force af­ter be­ing charged with child mo­lesta­tion, en­tic­ing a child for in­de­cent pur­poses and so­lic­i­ta­tion of sodomy.

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy Cort­ney Mor­ri­son said peo­ple are re­port­ing pos­si­bly see­ing the two men at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in New­ton County, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tinue to fol­low up on leads and tips. Mor­ri­son said au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the two men have not left the county.

The men were be­lieved to be hid­ing in the woods some­where in the county and au­thor­i­ties con­ducted air searches Thurs­day. Mor­ri­son said au­thor­i­ties will con­tinue search­ing around the clock un­til both sus­pects are found.

Ac­cord­ing to an alert pre­vi­ously put out by the sher­iff’s of­fice, “Both [men are] aware that they are wanted and Brown has stated he will not go back to jail.” Craw­ford and Brown are both sus­pected to be armed with firearms and knives.

If res­i­dents no­tice any­thing sus­pi­cious or think any­one may be liv­ing in the woods near them, they are ad­vised to im­me­di­ately call 911; peo­ple should not in­ves­ti­gate any sus­pi­cious sit­u­a­tion them­selves.

“Do not con­front the sub­jects,” Mor­ri­son said pre­vi­ously.

Brown was booked into Rock­dale County Jail ear­lier this year on charges of misdemeanor so­lic­i­ta­tion of sodomy.

Brown is a white male, ap­prox­i­mately 6-feet-tall and 245 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Craw­ford is a white male, ap­prox­i­mately 5-feet-5-inches tall and 135 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair on the sides and bald on top.

They were be­lieved to be trav­el­ing in a 1999 white Ford F-150 with Ge­or­gia tag BZW9023.

To see pho­tos of the two men, visit Cov­News.com.

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