COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are continuing their search for Wayne Austin Carmack and have arrested at least one person whom they believe is hindering their efforts.
Stacy Carol Litwiller, 47, 13 Jackson Road, Porterdale, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal.
"This person is someone we believe to be his girlfriend and this is a residence he frequents," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell. "We were searching the area to see if we could find out any information on his whereabouts."
Carmack, 44, has been on the run for more than a week after he allegedly assaulted a deputy who was attempting to arrest him on outstanding misdemeanor warrants. The charges were failure to pay child support and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
Deputies went to Mansfield on March 20 after receiving a tip that Carmack was working with a roofing crew in the area.
They made contact with him at a business at the intersection of Ga. highways 11 and 213, but he began fighting the deputy, bruising his arm so badly that he required hospital treatment.
He was last seen fleeing into a nearby wooded area on foot and has continued to elude law enforcement.
Officers went to Litwiller's home early on Sunday morning and she gave them permission to search for Carmack, according to an incident report completed by Deputy Christopher Allen.
"I asked Ms. Litwiller if Mr. Carmack was in the residence," the report states, adding that she appeared to be under the influence of "an unknown substance."
She said he wasn't there, but then said that he was, according to the report.
"Ms. Litwiller continued giving answers to questions in this manner," the report states.
Allen said he observed a pair of men's blue jeans and a blue jacket fitting the description of Carmack's last known clothing. He said the woman told them she knew he was wanted by the NCSO and that he had visited her residence on the evening of March 21.
"I asked Ms. Litwiller why she didn't call the police when Mr. Carmack came to the residence. Ms. Litwiller advised she didn't want Mr. Carmack to go to jail," the report states.
Deputies questioned Litwiller on where Carmack had gone and she gave several different addresses, eventually becoming "very upset, screaming and cussing ... became very belligerent and refused to answer any further questions," the report said.
The clothing that is believed to belong to Carmack was collected and put into evidence.
Anyone who has any information on Carmack's whereabouts is asked to call 911 and not to approach him themselves.
He now has felony charges pending against him of aggravated battery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and giving a false name or information to a law enforcement officer.
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