Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WANTED: Assault Suspect, Ex-Convict on the Loose

Eric Van Unthank is on the loose in Northern Kentucky, and considered dangerous/Grant Co. Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Eric Van Unthank was taken into custody Thursday morning around 7 a.m. He was found walking down a road in Boone County.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has issued an alert Wednesday afternoon regarding a wanted suspect who is on the loose, and should be considered dangerous.

42-year-old Eric Van Unthank is wanted by the Grant County Sheriff's officer for assaulting six people Wednesday at a home in Dry Ridge, KY.

According to WCPO Channel 9, Unthank entered the home around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and began hitting residents with a club.

Unthank was reportedly looking for his ex-girlfriend, who was not home. When the residents who were home would not tell him, he began beating them, reports say.

Of the six individuals Unthank attacked, two were seriously hurt, including an older woman.

A nearby school, Crittenden Mount Zion Elementary School, has been locked down as police continue their search.

Also according to WCPO's report, Unthank served 10 years of a 13-year sentence at Leavenworth Penitentiary on federal drug charges, the arrest for which involved a two-county high-speed car chase.

Unthank should be considered armed and dangerous.

Van Unthank was last seen fleeing from 10 Mile Drive in Crittenden, KY, and is identifiable by the many tattoos on his body. Most distinguishable are a tattoo of three triangles on the front of his neck, and an eagle on the side of his neck.

Neither Sheriff's office has indicated where Van Unthank might be headed.

People in the area are advised to keep their doors locked, and if anyone sees the suspect, they are urged to call 911 immediately.

- Staff report

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