Henry, Clayton deputies seeking repeat offender

Suspect eluded deputies after car, foot chase

Russell McElreath

Russell McElreath

Henry County and Clayton County sheriff’s deputies searched Friday for a wanted man, who eluded arrest.

Authorities from both jurisdictions were led on a police chase, by car and on foot, before the man evaded them in a wooded area, near Southlake Mall.

Henry County deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Russell Shane McElreath, of Stockbridge, when they spotted him in traffic, on Jonesboro Road, in Clayton County, near Mt. Zion Road, at Southlake Mall, said Henry County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Foster.

“Our deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, at which time, the vehicle sped up in an effort to elude our officers,” said Foster. The deputies gave chase and traveled approximately six miles, where McElreath, 26, stopped the truck and ran into a “heavily dense, wooded area,” on Battle Creek Road, said Foster.

McElreath is charged with burglary and financial transaction card fraud.

He has been in the Henry County Jail 14 times, according to jail records. The last time he was arrested in Henry County was on Aug. 13, 2011. Then, McElreath was charged with violation of probation.

“We received a phone tip that he was at an address in Clayton County,” said Chief Foster. “Before a check of the residence could be done, we got information saying the suspect had left the residence driving a pick-up truck with a U-haul trailer attached,” Foster said. The truck was then spotted on Jonesboro Road, in Clayton County.

“When the subject bailed out of the vehicle, he matched the description of McElreath,” said Foster. A further check of the truck, the chief deputy said, showed it was allegedly stolen out of Henry County, and the U-Haul trailer was stolen out of Clayton.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Russell McElreath, is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, at (770) 288-7103.