Manhunt suspect faces drug charges, probation violation

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 03:46 PM.

After Payne disappeared into the woods behind the credit union, the deputies and officers were joined in the search by the Northwest Florida Reception Center K-9 Unit.

The K-9 team entered the woods behind Tyndall where they found Payne lying down about 200 yards into the woods. Payne was captured at 1:35 p.m.

After Payne was apprehended, police were able to locate the hospital’s lab coat and Payne’s pants, which he had taken off, according to the release.

These items, along with methamphetamine, were located in close proximity to Payne, according to police.

After talking with all people involved, no one said that Payne ever threatened anyone.

“We wanted to thank the public because they kept the calls coming into us until we got him,” said Police Chief Kevin Crews. “We want to thank the Sheriff’s Department and the K-9 Team from Greenhead, also. They all provided several people to us and were a great assistance to catching this guy.”

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