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Man arrested after Flagler County manhunt

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Updated: 7/18/2013 11:42 pm

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- Flagler County Sheriff's deputies say a 32-year-old man lead them on a manhunt Thursday until he was found and detained by a K-9 unit.

According to a news release, the incident began around 6 p.m. Wednesday, when deputies received a report of a home invasion at 1605 Laurel Avenue in Daytona North. The resident told deputies that Edmon Welch walked through his unlocked door, pointed a handgun at him and demanded $200.

A visitor gave Welch $10 and two beers to get him to leave. Later Wednesday, that visitor reported he was approached by Welch at a convenience store on County Road 305 about 11:30 p.m. Welch reportedly threatened that man and brandished a gun.

Around 8:30 Thursday, deputies went to Welch's parents' home on Elder Street. When deputies encountered him, he fled the scene, running into a wooded area behind the home. Deputies launched a manhunt, assisted by Flagler County's Fireflight and units from the Bunnell Police Department, and found him covered in dense underbrush in the woods near the intersection of Willow Street and Lancewood Street.

Welch is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest without violence and tampering with a witness. He is being held in the Flagler County jail in lieu of $11,500 bond. The homeowner declined to file charges in connection with the home invasion and robbery.

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