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Patrick Slider Found, Arrested in Michigan

By: Leslie Cebula Email
By: Leslie Cebula Email

Washington County Sheriff officials say Patrick Slider, who allegedly faked his own disappearance before going to trial, was arrested in Taylor, Michigan Sunday.

Major John Winstanley of the Washington County Sheriff's Department says someone who knows Slider told Michigan State Police he was hiding out in a motel there. Taylor is located about 46 miles north of Toledo, Ohio. It is also nearly 18 miles southwest of Detroit.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday Michigan State Police obtained a search warrant and went to Slider's motel room. Major Winstanley says Slider wouldn't come to the motel room door so they had to break in.

He says after a brief struggle, Michigan State Police tased and arrested Slider.

Slider was in custody at the Wayne County Jail Sunday awaiting an extradition hearing. If he waives the hearing, Major Winstanly believes Slider will quickly return to Washington County but if he doesn't then a governor's warrant will be issued for him to return to stand trial.

Washington County Sheriff's officials say Slider faked his own disappearance July 31 at Mountwood Park to avoid going to trial Aug. 11.

He was set to go to trial on 12 felony counts of allegedly stealing and reselling hundreds of thousands of pills from his past employer Stericycle. He was also charged with theft of drugs and receiving stolen property. For these charges alone, he could face up to 82 years in prison if he's found guilty.

He didn't show up for court, and on Aug. 14 a warrant was issued for his arrest for failure to appear in court.

Last Wednesday a judge revoked Slider's $60,000 bond he was released on before going to trial. The bond company, A1 Bond Company, has to pay the bond but plans to appeal it.

Another warrant for his arrest was issued prior to that on Aug. 1. This warrant is for possession of weapons under disability. This was after the Washington County Sheriff's Department searched Slider's Little Hocking home and found weapons. He wasn't permitted to have them because of previous felony convictions.

Major Crimes Task Force member and Marietta Police Dept. Detective Greg Nohe says Slider is also a person of interest in the pipe bomb cases at the Guysville and Stewart, Ohio U.S. Post Offices and the armed robbery at Coolville branch of the Hocking Valley Bank July 29.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has been working with the FBI, West Virginia State Police, U.S. Postal Service, Athens County Sheriff's Department, and the Major Crimes Task Force on these crimes.

Major Winstanley says Michigan State Police were still searching the motel room Sunday afternoon for weapons, a large amount of money, and any other possible evidence.

Det. Nohe says it's unclear why Slider was in Taylor, MI and if he could be connected to any other crimes.


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