Sgt. John Adams of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was given an anonymous tip that one of Polk County’s most wanted suspects, 30-year-old Jason Lynn Souder, was at a residence in Haralson County.
A warrant was issued for Souder on 17 charges after he eluded police in a high-speed chase through Polk County and into Haralson County on Tuesday, April 15.
Adams, along with Deputy Terry Wagner, Sgt. Jon Jones, Cpl. Barry Henderson and Officer Chad Desanto, arrived at Steve Garner Rd., Haralson County. The officers flanked the residence as Adams knocked on the door. As they waited for an answer, the policemen noticed several people moving about the residence.
Eventually, a resident answered the door. After being informed that police were searching for Souder and another suspect, the man told Adams that he was welcome to search the home.
Adams and the other officers walked through the house, looking for the fugitives. They noticed as Elizabeth K. Bell, 4053 Jacksonville Rd., Buchanan, exited a rear bedroom. When asked if she knew where they could find Souder, she responded, “I don’t know.”
The officers then entered the bedroom, finding Souder hiding in the closet. She later told Adams that she knew Souder was on the most wanted list and lied because “she didn’t want Souder going to jail.”
Bell was charged with a felony count of hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal. Souder was booked on two outstanding warrants. A hold was placed on his charges through Haralson County.