Police arrest armed and dangerous man in Hilliard area


When members of a fugitive task force tried to arrest 46-year-old Christopher Demoranville near Hilliard this morning, he bolted.

After a massive manhunt that blanketed a neighborhood for a couple of hours, Demoranville was arrested.

Demoranville was wanted on several felony warrants from multiple jurisdictions in Virginia. The warrants include charges of stalking, making threats and sex crimes involving a minor.

After eluding capture by task force members, Demoranville ditched his vehicle in Frank’s Park and then apparently walked into a neighborhood around Andrew James Dr. north of Roberts Rd.

Columbus Police Sgt. David Pelphrey says the suspect forced his way into a home and confronted the owner with a handgun. “He did go into a house and he obtained some sort of change of clothing to change his appearance and fled again.”

The homeowner called 9-1-1. “I tried telling him to give me the gun and calm down but he wasn’t having it,” the homeowner told a police dispatcher. “He just kept telling me, ‘I don’t want to hurt you, I don’t want to hurt you, I’m not trying to hurt anybody. I’m not a bad guy. I’ve been good for 20 years.’ I said, ‘Well first of all, you’ve got a gun. Secondof all, you’re running and you’re hiding in my house. You’re in trouble as it is.”

That 9-1-1 call triggered a large police response to the neighborhood. Residents were told to stay inside and lock their doors. Armed officers, police dogs, and a police helicopter scoured the area looking for any sign of Demoranville.

After a couple of hours, officers spotted signs of forced entry into a home on Andrew James Drive. They peered in the window and saw Demoranville passed out on a sofa. He was taken into custody without incident.

Columbus police say they charged Demoranville with aggravated robbery. He will face extradition back to Virginia.

Mike Gibson says he left his home to run errands at the grocery store and come home to see his street flooded with police.

“There’s helicopters flying over, my sons in the house he’s 14 I left him here and I had to call him and say make sure you don’t answer the door,” said Gibson.

Gibson says he was startled and police were everywhere, guns drawn even going through nearby bushes.

Marcia Kleinhenz watched it all unfold in front of her home, “It’s scary when you look in your backyard and see 5 or 6 law enforcement people with their rifles looking in between shrubs, we saw them look at the neighbor next door look underneath their deck and we thought oh my gosh this person could be anywhere.”

Kleinhenz couldn’t believe she saw it all happen in front of her, “It was very unnerving and it was scary I’m just so thankful that law enforcement caught him.”

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