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Suspect’s capture ends long manhunt
Newton County Sheriff's Office helps with arrests
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Jeremy Cruse, 34, faces several charges including burglary and gun crimes after his arrest Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Oxford, Ga.

OXFORD, Ga. — A suspect who has been sought across north Georgia has been captured.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of Jeremy Joe Cruse in the Walnut Grove area on Tuesday.

Cruse, 34, was the subject of a chase in Gilmer County on April 30. Agents from Ellijay police, Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol pursued a red 2010 Ford Fusion believed to be driven by Cruse.

The chase ended when he abandoned the car behind a nursing home and hospital. The subsequent search led to a lockdown of three schools.

Cruse was booked into the Walton County Detention Center at 11:18 a.m. Wednesday after his arrest in the 5700 block of Old Highway 138 Southwest in unincorporated Oxford.

Charges include three counts of burglary, theft by taking, concealing a license plate, two counts of obstruction of an officer, two counts of fleeing to elude, two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm or knife in the commission of a crime, theft by receipt of stolen property, possession or manufacturing of a controlled substance and contraband across guard lines.

The Sheriff’s Office said an additional stolen motorcycle was recovered during Cruse’s arrest.

The Newton and Gilmer county sheriff’s offices assisted in the arrest.

Cruse was being held without bond Wednesday afternoon.