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UPDATE: Sequatchie County manhunt suspect in custody

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UPDATE: Cody Scott Johnson was taken into custody Tuesday at a residence on Browns Chapel Road in Sequatchie County.  

Johnson was found hiding in a closet after officers received consent to search the residence from the owner. 

Johnson was also arrested on a Violation of Probation warrant out of Sequatchie County. He is currently being held without bond in the Sequatchie County Jail, and will appear in General Sessions Court on October 30. 

Officers also took 30-year-old Joshua Kent Johnson of Signal Mountain into custody for possession illegal narcotics. 

While speaking with officers, Joshua Johnson was seen trying to dispose of a suspicious item. Johnson was charged with Possession of Schedule II(Methamphetamine) for Resale, Possession of Schedule III(Hydrocodone), and Possession of Schedule IV(Xanax). Johnsonis currently held in the Sequatchie County Jail, without bond, and will appear in General Sessions Court on October 30. 


UPDATE: The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 3 Samuel Westerfield is in custody. Westerfield turned himself  in to Sequatchie County officers at the Sheriff's Office and is being held in the Sequatchie County Jail without bond. Authorities are still looking for Cody Johnson.



UPDATE: Sequatchie County investigators say the stolen Nissan sedan was found parked at Northgate Mall in Hixson. Police believe the two men abandoned the vehicle in the parking lot and were picked up by someone. Authorities are still searching for Westerfield and Johnson.

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UPDATE: The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to Big Fork Road on Signal Mountain in Sequatchie County, on reports of a stolen vehicle parked at the end of the road. 

The vehicle had been reported as stolen by the Chattanooga Police Department earlier Saturday morning. Upon their arrival, deputies saw male and female at the vehicle, at which time the male fled on foot. 

The female, identified as 23-year-old Shauna Lauren Tate of Dunlap, was immediately taken into custody and charged with Theft of Property Over $1,000 and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Tate is currently being held in the Sequatchie County Jail without bond.

Officers initiated a search for the male suspect, Samuel Elliot Westerfield, 21 of Winchester. Westerfield was last seen at a residence near the Big Fork area, where he did pull a handgun on the homeowner, before fleeing again into the woods. 

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search with a K-9 unit, but the K-9 track went cold. Officers then received a call that Cody Scott Johnson, 22 of Signal Mountain, had stolen his grandmother's 2011 maroon Nissan 4-door sedan, displaying Tennessee tag 595 CNY. 

Officers tell Channel 3, they believe that Westerfield was picked up by Johnson, and that they are still near the Signal Mountain area. 

Charges are pending for Westerfield for Attempted Aggravated Robbery, Theft of Property Over $1,000, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Prohibited weapon by a Convicted Felon, Charges are also pending for Johnson for Theft of Property Over $10,000.

Both suspects are believed to be armed and should be considered extremely dangerous. The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Sequatchie County Emergency Management.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Westerfield or Johnson are encouraged to contact the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office at (423) 949-7750, or Sequatchie County Emergency Dispatch at (423) 949-9912.


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The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office is looking for Samuel Westerfield in the Signal Mountain area of the county. 

Westerfield is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Detectives tell us that Westerfield is in a 2011 4-door Maroon Nissan with tag number 595CNY. The vehicle is being driven by a man named Cody Johnson. 

Detectives also tell us that Westerfield is considered to be armed and dangerous and possibly armed with a handgun. 
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