Gardendale AL Feb 1 2017 A fugitive from Georgia has been identified as the man who hid from police in the ceiling of a Gardendale bank and held officers at bay for several hours Friday night.
David William Hughes, 29, remains in the Jefferson County Jail.
The incident began just before 5 p.m. Friday when authorities said Hughes tried to cash a forged check at USAmeribank on Fieldstown Road. Bank workers summoned Gardendale police to the scene and, as officers began to arrive, Hughes ran to the bathroom and climbed into the drop-down ceiling to avoid arrest. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were called to assist.
Police said Hughes continued to crawl or walk across the ceiling tile. He refused to surrender or comply with officers' demands. Authorities used tear gas to try to force Hughes out of the ceiling and the bank.
After about three hours, Hughes was taken into custody. Police said he received minor cuts while in the ceiling, and was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment.
Hughes, who lives in Alpharetta, was wanted in Georgia after he failed to show up for court on an armed robbery charge. He is now charged in Alabama with possession of a forged instrument, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and attempting to elude.
His bond on those charges totals $8,100, however he is held without bond pending extradition to Georgia.