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Captured: Man, 42, Accused of Beating 6 People While Looking for Girlfriend, 17

A man accused of beating an older woman and five mentally disabled kids has been captured and is behind bars in Boone County.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday morning the arrest of Eric Unthank, 42, who was the subject of a widespread search after a substitute bus driver spotted him beating a woman with a club inside a Crittenden garage.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office reported:

On Thursday, December 18, 2014 at approximately 7:10 a.m. the fugitive from Grant County, Kentucky who is accused of assault yesterday was taken into custody this morning by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies Steve Evans & Mike Dehner.

Evans was at the Shell station in Richwood, Kentucky at approximately 6:45 a.m. when a passerby stopped to tell him he (passerby) saw a man walking along Beaver Road in Union, Kentucky who resembled Eric Unthank. Evans and Dehner responded to the 4,800 block of Beaver Road where they found Unthank who provided false information as to his identity.

Eric Unthank, 42 with a last known on Riddles Run Road in Union, Kentucky is *charged with one count of Burglary 1st, three counts of Assault 1st degree, three counts of Assault 2nd degree and twelve counts of Harassing communications all out of Grant County, Kentucky. Additionally, he is charged with a Boone County warrant for Flagrant child support, and Providing false information. Unthank is currently being lodged in the Boone County Detention Center.

WCPO reports:

Debbie Ruth, whose developmentally disabled daughter was in the house at the time, said Unthank came looking for his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend. That ex-girlfriend, who Ruth said is one of two granddaughters of an older woman living in the residence, was not home and has since been placed in protective custody.

The second granddaughter, a college student on winter break, was home though.

"He broke in," Ruth said. "The granddaughter who came in from college was downstairs in the bedroom there. He got a hold of her. He wanted her to tell him where his ex-girlfriend was. She wouldn't. He tried to get her phone so he could call and his ex would think that's his sister calling."

WAVE reports via WXIX:

Unthank ran off and eluded authorities for nearly 24 hours.

Baumgardner was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence with minor injuries and has since returned home. Family members say one of her granddaughters was also injured and was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

The home on Ten Mile Road is being used as a special needs daycare, according to a woman whose adult daughter is cared for there.

No further details were immediately available about Unthank's arrest.

Photo via Grant County Sheriff's Office

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