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UPDATE: No Arrests in Manhunt Along Hwy. 231 Near Arab, Police Release Suspect’s Name

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Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the search along Highway 231 near the Exxon station across the road from Cherokee Ridge. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

Several law enforcement agencies searched along Highway 231 near the Exxon station across the road from Cherokee Ridge. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Search teams have come up empty handed so far in a search for a man who led state troopers on a chase Wednesday morning in Arab.

(Updated 2:40 p.m. Thursday)

Michael Shane Baker

State troopers believe they are looking for Michael Shane Baker, 40 from Arab. Baker has at least one warrant out for his arrest.

On Wednesday, officers from several law enforcement agencies searched some woods along Highway 231, near the entrance to Cherokee Ridge, and on the opposite side of the road behind the Exxon station.  They searched starting around 10 a.m. but did not find Baker after searching for much of the day.

State troopers say they tried to stop Baker for a traffic violation Wednesday around 9 a.m. in Arab.  Baker wouldn’t stop, troopers say, and they chased him. The chase reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour at some points.

Officers believe Baker is armed with a long gun.

State Troopers called in Arab Police,  Albertville K9 unit and the Sheriff’s Office  to help find him. The state’s helicopter also circled overhead, and the Limestone Correctional Facility sent its tracking dogs to help with the search.

Police say Baker is not the escaped Georgia inmate police and sheriff’s deputies were looking for earlier today in New Hope.

Troopers are asking anyone who lives in the neighborhood to be cautious, and do not come to the door if you don’t know the person calling. They’re also asking to monitor children at bus stops.


  • rlb

    well i hope they find him for he walks up on some these people that live out here by there self.some these old timers libe to shoot first ask questions later.

  • Tommy Corn

    If they “really do know” who this guy is, there should have been an arrest. He is probably at home watching your stupid behinds on TV!

  • Sherlock

    He probably ran down the creek all the way to Hughes Cave. The best way to access that would be Apple Grove Road. All the locals know that trail!

  • md

    He is not a bad person. He would never hurt anyone much less a child. He has made bad decisions, but he is more of a threat to himself than anyone.

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