Arrested: Man Accused of Assaulting Officer, Fleeing
The man accused of assaulting a Kenton County Police officer and then fleeing the scene leading to a countywide manhunt that lasted around eight hours is now behind bars.
Erlanger Police caught up with Marquez Anthony Moore on Thursday evening and arrested him. He is currently at the Kenton County Detention Center.
Moore, 23, was stopped by a Kenton County officer on Madison Pike near Pleasure Isle Drive around the Covington-Erlanger line but refused to comply with the officer and then fled. When the officer and a bystander had caught up with Moore in a creek, Moore allegedly kicked the officer in the face and chest before taking off again.
A widespread search ensued in the nearby woods involving multiple police agencies, a helicopter, and K9 officers. At one point in the afternoon, Moore was believed to have made it to Ft. Wright where he was possibly spotted catching a TANK bus and riding it to downtown Covington. Though he was shirtless and shoeless during the search in the woods, it was believed that he had acquired clothing before possibly arriving in Covington.
Kenton County Police Detective and Public Information Officer Andrew Schierberg told The River City News that the TANK report was probably unlikely given that Moore was ultimately caught in Erlanger closer to the woods in which he originally fled. Police in Erlanger responded to Robby Court after receiving a report of a suspicious person, and ultimately found Moore on Ashridge Court around the corner.
Schierberg said that Moore initially lied about who he was but eventually confessed his identity at which point he was arrested.
Moore is currently charged with third degree assault on a police officer, fleeing/evading police, resisting arrest, and giving an officer a false name. He was on parole for a burglary conviction.
Marquez is expected to appear in Kenton County Court on Friday morning.
This story will be updated when more information is known.
Michael Monks, editor & publisher