NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. - Two men wanted for molesting a 5-year-old girl managed to evade a manhunt in Newton County on Thursday.
The Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force, led by the U.S. Marshals Service and police from several other agencies, is hunting for Donald Mac Brown, 34, and David Wesley Crawford, 57.
Police said Brown and Crawford, who are avid outdoorsmen, may be hiding in the woods near Covington and could be armed with guns and knives.
“Anytime you have children involved in such a serious allegation like this, it’s a big deal, and it’s multijurisdictional” Newton County Deputy Cortney Morrison told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi.
Investigators said the young victim in the case is OK.
Choi visited the Conyers neighborhood, where Brown lived in the basement of a modest house, but no one answered the door Thursday.
Neighbors said Brown was friendly and that he waved at them, but mostly kept to himself.
“Very surprised. I mean, I don’t know him, but I never thought he would do that,” neighbor Harry Bain said.
Deputies said Brown and Crawford may be driving a white 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck with Georgia tag BZW-9023.
Investigators urged people not to approach the men, because they are considered dangerous.
“Extremely dangerous right now. They both know what they’re wanted for. It’s a heinous crime,” James Joyner with the Fugitive Task Force said.
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