U.S. Marshals Capture Dangerous Felon After 9-Day Manhunt
BROOKSVILLE – After a 9-day manhunt, 30-year-old Eric Beagan Reynolds, the man wanted for allegedly beating his girlfriend and firing shots at neighbors, is finally behind bars.
According to reports, Reynolds and his live-in girlfriend, Dana Palmer, were arguing over Reynolds’ excessive drug use, on the evening of May 25th at their home on Lang Street. During the altercation, Palmer says Reynolds punched her, threw her against walls, and refused to let her leave the residence. When she finally found the opportunity; Palmer escaped the residence and fled across the street to a neighbor’s house.
Several witnesses at the neighboring residence say Palmer ran to the house, screaming “He’s trying to kill me… Help me!” With Reynolds close behind, one of the witnesses rushed Palmer inside to call 911, while another witness says he grabbed steel breaker bar and escorted Reynolds off the property. As he was leaving, Reynolds yelled out “I got something for you!” Moments later, he returned with a handgun and fired two shots; one in the air and one at the home.
Witnesses say Reynolds made several demands for Palmer to leave the residence; when she refused, he fled the area in a primer painted Nissan Altima. Reynolds painted the car the evening before the incident, leading to the belief that Reynolds was planning something and wanted to avoid detection.
During the investigation, deputies spoke with Reynolds’ mother, who was present at the crime scene and was on the phone with her son. Deputies could hear Reynolds say “Tell them I’m in f***ing Georgia!” Reynolds’ mother handed the phone to one of the deputies, where he tried convincing Reynolds to return to the scene. Those attempted failed and a mass search for Reynolds began.
For several days after the incident, deputies responded to locations where Reynolds was known to frequent, but they were unable to locate him.
Reynolds’ luck finally ran out Thursday, when agents with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office caught up with Reynolds at the intersection of Snow Memorial Blvd and Lake Lindsey Road. Reynolds was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Hernando County Jail.
Reynolds faces charges of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Kidnapping, Domestic Battery, Possession of Methamphetamine / Paraphernalia, and Driving on a Suspended License. In addition to the new charges, several warrants were served on Reynolds, including, Vehicle Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Grand Larceny, and Fraud.
Reynolds remains behind bars, held without bond.
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