The brother of a man sought over the weekend on a fugitive from justice warrant has been charged with a felony count of obstructing justice.
Zacharia Thadium Hale, 35, of Corvallis appeared Monday before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey on a charge that he helped his brother hide from authorities.
The Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office sent out a notification Sunday letting the public know they were searching for Jedediah Hale, 31, on a fugitive warrant from the state of Washington. The notification said Jedediah Hale was also a suspect in a felony assault on a minor in Ravalli County.
On Tuesday, Ravalli County deputy attorney Thorin Geist said the Washington warrant was on a charge of harassment with intent to kill, and assault. Hale also faces a pending violation in an order for protection case.
Sunday’s public notification said Jedediah Hale was actively hiding from law enforcement and warned the public not to approach the man, but instead notify the sheriff’s office.
According to a charging affidavit filed by Geist, a sergeant with the sheriff’s office learned that Jedediah Hale was camping with his brother, Zacharia, in Lost Horse Creek. The people who provided the information said the brothers knew law enforcement was searching for the younger Hale.
Five officers from the sheriff’s office, Highway Patrol and Forest Service converged on the brother’s campsite.
Upon the officers’ arrival, Zacharia Hale was standing at the edge of the woods. The affidavit said Hale refused to provide any information about the whereabouts of his brother.
One of the officers noticed fresh “toe kick” marks in the ground that indicated Jedediah Hale had fled when the officers arrived, the affidavit said.
Zacharia Hale was advised of his rights and again refused to identify the location of his brother. He was arrested at that point for obstructing justice.
The officers continued the search. Several other campers in the area told them they had seen a man matching Jedediah Hale’s description fleeing the area on foot.
Jedediah Hale was apprehended in Corvallis Sunday afternoon.
Bailey set bail at $5,000 for Zacharia Hale. He has since been released from the county detention center.