Man describes moment wanted man fell through his ceiling while allegedly hiding from police

A 51-year-old Washington County man wanted on several felony drug warrants was arrested after police caught him in his neighbor’s home.

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Bentleyville Police came to the 400 block of First Street in Vestaburg Monday night after getting a tip that the wanted man was in the area.

When police got to First Street, 51-year-old Geoffrey Douglas was inside. Authorities say when Douglas saw police outside the home, he barricaded himself inside.

Police were able to enter the house when Douglas’ girlfriend gave them consent to search the house. Police turned their attention to Douglas’ neighbor’s home when they found Douglas had used a crawl space to get into his neighbor’s attic, where he hid until he fell through.

Robert Gilbert, who is the suspect’s neighbor, heard Douglas fall through his ceiling.

“They started opening up the panel there. I hear a couple little screeches from the wood. The next thing I hear is a strange noise and then a loud bang,” Gilbert said.

“In the front bedroom, Jeffery was laying on the floor in a bed of plaster and everything else he had fallen through the ceiling,” said Bentlyville Police Chief Rich Young.

Douglas was immediately arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail. State Police are expected to file additional charges against Douglas.

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