Missing Alachua fugitive arrested in multi-agency operation

Published: Jun. 25, 2019 at 12:18 PM EDT
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UPDATE (06/29/2019 11:40pm):

Thaddeus is now being held at the Alachua County jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

UPDATE (06/28/2019 4:25pm ):

Alachua County deputies confirmed that they have arrested Thaddeus Surrency, 43 of Gainesville in a joint operation with Gainesville Police SWAT and the Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT.

According to ASO spokesperson, Art Forgey, law enforcement had been outside the apartment that Surrency was in since 8:30 Friday morning, eventually giving himself up around 2:30 in the afternoon. After deputies arrived with an arrest warrant for Surrency, they say he then held himself up in the attic of the home.

"His wife, who answered the door when investigators arrived, said he's not here," said Art Forgey, Public Information Officer for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. "It took her a little while to answer the door. she invited the warrant investigators in to take a look around. They noticed things that were inconsistent with just one person being there and it appeared there were two plus they thought they heard movement in the attic."

Law enforcement quickly set up a perimeter around the home with roughly 50 armed officers and tried for hours to coax Surrency out before resorting to more forceful tactics such as utilizing a tank-like armored vehicle named "the rook."

"The only shots that were fire was the shots from the tank. They were shooting the teargas trying to flush him out but he never would come out," a witness told TV20 News.

"It has the capability to pierce the home, have the gas on basically a stick so to speak and then to deploy that into the home then once it has pierced the home," said Forgey.

Surrency, who was hiding in the attic, tried his best to confuse the police but his plan backfired.

Forgey said the fugitive, "made calls into 911 saying he was at a different location and not there at the house however the phone ping was showing him there in the house."

Forgey said Surrency fell through the roof of the attic into the main living area around 2:30 p.m. before finally exiting the home and surrendering. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

Marion County SWAT assisted Gainesville police and Alachua County deputies with the standoff because it was so hot outside they needed to give law enforcement officers a chance to cool down every few hours.


Multiple law enforcement agencies across north central Florida need your help to find a shooting suspect who has been on the run since Tuesday morning.

Alachua County deputies and police officers from High Springs, Alachua and Gainesville are looking for Thaddeus Surrency, 43, of Gainesville.

Police say he is wanted for a shooting in Alachua this morning.

The victim suffered three gunshot wounds and was taken to UF Health Shands hospital.

Investigators found the suspect's car at a home in High Springs.

The swat team, police, deputies, along with the Florida State Prison K-9 Team, surrounded the home but he was not inside.

“We are doing everything we can to locate him. he knows now that we are looking for him,” Lt. Jesse Sandusky said. “It's hard to say when we are going to find him but we're not going to stop until we do."

If found, police say Surrency will be charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery with a firearm.



Alachua County deputies and police officers from Alachua and High Springs have tracked down a gunman who committed an armed robbery.

Alachua Police say the suspect is 43-year- old Thaddeus Surrency of Gainesville. Investigators found his car at a home in High Springs. Police have surrounded the home and believe Surrency is barricaded inside


High Springs Police is assisting Alachua County Sheriff's Office with a fugitive search in the Patricia Gardens & Douglass Community area in High Springs.

According to Police there is heavy police presence from all involved Agencies. Please avoid the area until further notice. ________________________________________________________

Alachua Police officers responded to the Circle K on Northwest U.S.

Highway 441 in reference to a person shot.

Once officers arrived they found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. After an investigation, officers found out that the victim and two other passengers were traveling from the Waffle House in Alachua to the area of Northwest 147

Lane and NW 134 Terrace.

Once the victim arrived at the area he was approached by a male suspect who brandished a gun and demanded money. The suspect then fired 3 shots striking him in the upper body. The suspect took approximately $600.00 from the victim’s pocket and fled the scene.

The victim’s two passengers also fled the area. The victim walked from the location of the shooting to the Circle K where 911 was called. He was taken to Shands Hospital in stable condition. Persons of interest are being developed at this time.

According to officers, the victim or suspect have no ties to the Alachua area and this incident is not related to the recent gun violence incidents.

This is an on-going investigation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Alachua Police Department at 386-462-1396 or remain anonymous by calling Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP.