Investigators worked with tips from people in Springfield, along with their own confidential sources, Lupica said, to narrow in their search for Kennedy in the past few days to a home in Lynchburg, S.C.
Marshals went to the home — where Kennedy either had friends or family, Lupica said — about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. People who answered the door initially lied to officers and said Kennedy wasn’t there, but marshals discovered he had been hiding in an attic.
“He initially did not come down, he actually fell through the ceiling to where he was then finally arrested — he wasn’t cooperative at all during the arrest,” Lupica said.
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Kennedy was included at least twice as part of the Miami Valley’s Most Wanted on Channel 7 WHIO TV.
Kennedy was arrested in September 2015 after residents reported he was driving around the city waiving a gun from a car, according to police reports.
He was released from jail on his own recognizance in January, according to court records, and appeared in court in April to plead guilty to a charge of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.
But Kennedy didn’t show up to court in May for the sentencing.
Clark County prosecutors have previously called Kennedy “one of the biggest players in gun violence” in the city of Springfield.
“He was an essential part of the violence that occurred here through the year in 2015,” Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody said.
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He was also charged in the shooting in April of another man at the victim’s home on Race Street.
Kennedy had been arrested on charges of murder in connection with the shooting death of George Walker Jr. in May 2014, but those charges were dropped when a witness for the case was shot and killed in a separate incident, prosecutors said.
Kennedy faces a possible 18 months in prison in the improper handling firearms case he pleaded guilty to, prosecutors said.
The tips that helped bring him in to custody is a vital part of the idea of community policing, Moody said.
“I’ve said it before, the most important part of that phrase is the community,” the chief said.