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News Local law enforcement officers spend Wednesday in a manhunt

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office brought out the K-9 unit in the hunt for Jeffery Alan Tedesco. Photo by Travis TallentMacon County law enforcement spent most of last Wednesday searching for an Otto man wanted for charges of robbery in Rabun County, Ga.

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 21, Franklin Police Officer Jonathan Bean attempted to arrest Jeffery Alan Tedesco, 30, of Coweeta Lab Road, at C&R Lube on the Highlands Road in Franklin on Wednesday morning, he fled from officers.

Tedesco was wanted by the Rabun County Sheriff's Office on a fugitive warrant for burglary charges. He fled onto the greenway behind C&R Lube at which point officers suspect he entered the Little Tennessee River.

Jeffery Alan TedescoMacon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said his deputies and North Carolina Wildlife Officers were called in to assist in the chase. The MCSO K-9 Units were deployed but because the suspect had entered the water, he was able to temporarily evade arrest in a dense wooded area.

According to Holland, Tedesco was sighted by an officer near Franklin Ford three hours after the initial arrest attempt at which point a perimeter was set up around Lake Emory Road. 

"Our K-9 Unit was called in again to search the perimeter surrounding Lake Emory Road. We tracked him to a 100-foot radius and at that point were able to surround him in the wooded area and officers and a K-9 found him hiding in a culvert." 

Tedesco was then taken into custody without further incident by Officer Bean with Officers Steven Apel, Brett Holcombe and Tracy Chastain assisting.

A portion of the manhunt took place in the field from the Ford dealership back to and across from the Marathon Gas Station. Franklin Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department were taking part with four wheelers and police dogs in the field area and the woods. Photo by Lee Garen"All the officers involved did a great job," said Franklin Police Chief David Adams. "The departments worked well together to utilize all available resources and equipment. No one was injured and the suspect was taken into custody."

Holland said that while Tedesco faces charges of escaping from custody and resisting arrest in Macon County, he was taken before the court last Thursday and was then extradited to Georgia where he will face burglary charges there.

After going before a judge on those charges, Tedesco will return to Macon County to face additional charges.


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