Man arrested in Summerville standoff wanted in Indiana on federal warrant

Man arrested in Summerville standoff wanted in Indiana on federal warrant

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office in Indiana says a man who was involved in a standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies at a Summerville home on Wednesday is wanted in their jurisdiction on a federal warrant.

Authorities have identified the man as 58-year-old Michael Anthony Thrasher who faces multiple charges in Indiana.

The charges he faces include false application for passport, misuse of social security number and aggravated identity theft.

According to Indiana officials, Thrasher is accused of assuming the identities of at least two deceased people, and working and living under their names as if they were his own.

On Wednesday morning, officers were attempting to serve a warrant on Thrasher at his home in Summerville on Carter Lane which led to a standoff, according to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry,

SLED agents, Charleston and Dorchester sheriff's deputies and EMS and fire crews responded to the scene, which is off Embassy Drive in Dorchester County.

Witnesses reported hearing someone using a bullhorn in an attempt to communicate with someone inside the home during the standoff.

Law enforcement officers eventually took Thrasher into custody before 11 a.m.

According to an Indiana court affidavit, Thrasher assumed the identities of "Albert Hall" and "Dean A. Hart," and applied for and received U.S. passports, State Identification cards, Social Security cards, and other identification documents for those names. 

Authorities say Thrasher began living under the name "Dean A. Hart" in 2004 until 2009 when he was arrested for fraud.

Court records state Thrasher then fled from Maryland to Clark County Indiana.

In Indiana, he reportedly changed his name to "Albert Hall," and in June 2013 was arrested for domestic battery and strangulation of his girlfriend.

According to court documents, Thrasher still under the name "Albert Hall" moved with his girlfriend, who he would eventually marry, to Dorchester County.

An affidavit states Thrasher's wife contacted the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and said her husband, "Albert Hall," was using dead people's Social Security numbers and names for fraudulent purposes.

Authorities say the woman turned over a duffel bag which included various ID forms for "Dean Hart," "Albert Hall," and a California driver's license that was issued to Thrasher in 1999.

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