November 8, 2021

Assault suspect captured after foot pursuit in Jones County

Therese Apel

Matthew Hardin taken into custody on Highway 84 West after foot pursuit through the woods near Meador Road
JCSD Deputy Bradley Boyd (nearest) and Sergeant Derick Knight take Matthew Hardin into custody

A Jones County man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Monday ran, but he couldn’t hide.

According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Matthew Hardin, age 41, was arrested by JCSD deputies on Highway 84 West near Meador Road in the Calhoun Community. Multiple JCSD units responded and established a perimeter as other deputies tracked Hardin through the woods.

“Great job by our deputies, investigators, and narcotics agents in responding and quickly taking Matthew Hardin into custody,” said Sheriff Joe Berlin. “Unfortunately, this is not our first time dealing with this subject and he is known to run from law enforcement. We quickly put his running today to an end.”

Hardin is now incarcerated at the Jones County Adult Detention Facility pending his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court. Hardin is charged with domestic violence – simple assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and failure to comply in addition to three outstanding warrants.

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