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Indiana fugitive waives extradition after Friday's Vidalia standoff

Hakeem McKinnon (Source: Toombs Co. Jail) Hakeem McKinnon (Source: Toombs Co. Jail)

A fugitive from Indiana who hid in Vidalia for a month waived extradition Thursday morning to return there after a wild standoff in Vidalia on July 28.

Hakeem McKinnon refused to surrender Friday to U.S. Marshals until a SWAT team brought him out of a home in Toombs County. 

He offered no resistance in court to authorities extraditing him back to Indiana. After the crazy standoff, some are still wondering how a fugitive from South Bend ended up here. 

McKinnon's first appearance and extradition hearing offered a stark contrast to Friday night's standoff that shut down part of Vidalia. Georgia State Patrol's SWAT Unit assembled after U.S. Marshals tracked McKinnon to the home on Georgia Street. Four people had already surrendered when SWAT fired tear gas into the house. They eventually went in and found McKinnon in the attic brought him down to take him into custody without a single shot fired. Local police began to piece together why he came here. 

"Our understanding is he has family over in Mt. Vernon, just up the road. They didn't know he was here and he said he's been here about a month," said Lt. Jimmy Sims, Vidalia Police Department. 

The other people in the house are facing misdemeanor charges. Lt. Sims says McKinnon could face local charges due to loaded weapons found in the home. 

"The best outcome would have been if Mr. McKinnon had come out with the other four. We did have a great outcome because nobody got hurt."

There is no timetable on when Indiana authorities will pick McKinnon up. 

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