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U.S. Marshals Still Looking For Fugitive In Midland County

Law enforcement surrounded a house in Midland County on Thursday afternoon, looking for a fugitive that Sheriff Gary Painter says was high on methamphetamine.

MIDLAND COUNTY -- Law enforcement surrounded a house in Midland County on Thursday afternoon, looking for a fugitive that Sheriff Gary Painter says was high on methamphetamine.

Midland Police, sheriff deputies, and the U.S. Marshals coordinated a strike on the home, only to realize there was nobody there.

Helicopters and law enforcement were all looking for Joseph Caddell, wanted for armed robbery.

Painter says he was last seen Thursday morning at around 9:30 a.m., and he was carrying a gun.

According to the Sheriff's Office, he also made threats that he was not going to be taken.

"Officers rolled up on it.  The people that saw him said yes, he's definitely there," Painter said.

But Caddell wasn't there.

However all signs pointed to him being there.

"The doors were secured from the inside, which appeared to us that he might still be in the building," Painter said.

So the swat team blew a whole in a door and shot tear gas inside.

Painter says there is no reason for the residents of the area to worry.

They've ruled that particular residence, but the search continues.

"We know he's not here.  He was in the area, we have no idea where he went," Painter said.  "There is a possibility that he was held up in another house or another building, but we don't know where, and we certainly don't believe that he's here right now."

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Joseph Caddell, you're asked to call the Midland County Sheriff's Office at (432) 688-4600.

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