Deputies, U.S. Marshals and troopers are looking for suspect Carney Hood who is accused of kidnapping and choking his girlfriend. Law enforcement agencies said they will also arrest anyone who may be helping Hood hide.
"If you're helping him, you need to understand we're going to get you, too,” Haskell County Sheriff Tim Turner said. “We're going to utilize every tool we have and we're going to make sure that you're arrested at the end of the day, as well.”
Sheriff Turner said investigators are determined to find Hood, who they believe to be armed and dangerous.
“He was prepared for a manhunt and what he hasn't realized is that we are prepared, too,” Turner said.
The investigation into Hood has lasted for more than two weeks for assaulting and choking his girlfriend. Authorities obtained a warrant for Hood's arrest last week and have been searching for him since Monday.
Crews searched the southeast portion of Haskell County Sunday near San Bois Creek after authorities said they spotted Hood in Pittsburg County.
“It's a large-scale operation across two counties. He's moving around. He's going place-to-place, county-to-county,” Turner said.
Authorities have arrested seven people for helping Hood hide; five in Haskell County and two in Pittsburg County.
Turner said it’s taken extra effort to find Hood because he's familiar with the area.
“The longer he runs, the more folks we’re going to have out looking for him,” Turner said. “At the end of the day, we want him to turn himself in, and we want him to be arrested peacefully. The only way that's done is to quit running.”