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Man captured in laundry room after evading arrest
Two charged with obstruction after manhunt
Steven Michael Walden
Steven Michael Walden
Jonathan Kyle Liston
Jonathan Kyle Liston

A man was found hiding in the laundry room of a Buford home Monday afternoon after authorities said he escaped arrest.

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department deputies stopped Steven Michael Walden, 29, of Dacula, Monday morning on East Jones Drive near Ga. 347/Friendship Road. Authorities said Walden was wanted in Gwinnett County for misdemeanor obstruction and driving on a suspended license.

Gwinnett County authorities did not specify what led to the traffic stop.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said Walden resisted arrest and ran from officers.

“Patrol, K9 and warrants units from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office searched for Walden in the same general area into the afternoon hours. Deputies later developed information that a man matching Walden’s description was possibly in the area of Countryside Village of Lake Lanier, on the opposite side of Interstate 985,” Booth wrote in a news release.

Deputies then searched a mobile home park and found Walden in the 7000 block of Evergreen Way around 3 p.m. Monday, June 18.

Booth said deputies also arrested the resident of the home where Walden hid, adding the man “knew Walden and initially lied to deputies about his presence in the home.”

Jonathan Kyle Liston, 30, of Buford, was charged with one misdemeanor count of obstruction of an officer. He was booked Monday night in to the Hall County Jail, where he is being held on a $2,950 bond.

Booth was unaware of how Liston and Walden knew one another.

Walden was charged with three counts of obstruction of an officer, one being a felony-level charge. He was also charged with misdemeanor theft by taking and driving with a suspended license.

He also was booked Monday night in to the Hall County Jail, where he is being held on a $14,200 bond.

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