Grant Co. man accused of assaulting courthouse guard taken into custody
EPHRATA, Wash. — In a recent update, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 34-year-old Joshua Maher was taken into custody on Wednesday, ending an ongoing manhunt.
Authorities have been searching for him since he reportedly assaulted a courthouse guard earlier this week, then fled the scene.
According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Maher entered the courthouse via the public entrance. He reportedly refused to show his hands to a female security guard in the lobby. The guard then confronted Maher and a “physical struggle” took place, according to a release from the City of Ephrata.
Authorities said the brawl then continued into the courtyard area where a second security guard unsuccesfully attempted to use his taser. One of the security guards sustained a possible leg injury and was taken to the hospital, according to GCSO.
Maher then fled the area, the release said. Ephrata schools went into lockdown while authorities searched for Maher. Schools were taken out of lockdown around 12:45 p.m.
A K9 was also deployed during the manhunt, but after three hours of searching, the dog found no scent and the manhunt ended. As of Wednesday, Maher remained at large.
Maher is 5’09” tall, weighs 174 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. He also has multiple tattoos including one on the back of his neck and shoulder. He was last scene wearing a black hoodie with a skull design and jeans. Anyone who sees Maher is asked to call 911.
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