DeKalb Co. manhunt ends, still looking for man wanted on multiple charges

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HAMMONDVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After searching for hours Wednesday morning, DeKalb County deputies are asking for the public’s help to find a man wanted on multiple charges.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says a resident called 911 Wednesday morning, saying a man was riding a horse and a female was on a 4 wheeler leading a horse. The caller apparently knew those people and told the 911 center they didn’t own horses.

When a deputy arrived to the people’s location, he found the man, identified as Joseph Santiago, had two warrants listed. Sheriff Harris says the warrants were for Criminal Trespassing and Harassment, with more charges expected.

Sheriff Harris says the deputy told him he was under arrest. He says Santiago took off on the horse, going off the side of Sand Mountain. Deputies say neither the horse or Santiago were injured, but both Santiago and the female got away.

Sheriff Harris says they have identified the female with Santiago, but they are not able to release her name.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies are still checking addresses and friends of Santiago in the Hammondville and Valley Head areas.

“Thanks to all the officers that helped with the manhunt this morning. We are going to continue the search at this time,” Sheriff Harris says.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 256-845-3801.