Alcoa’s Hall neighborhood was the scene of a manhunt Friday afternoon as officers from several jurisdictions sought a Morse Street man who reportedly fled from an attempted traffic stop.

Anthony Tyrone Love, 32, was being held Friday on four drug warrants, Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said.

“The incident started shortly after 11 a.m. this morning when a Blount County deputy assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force attempted a traffic stop on Love when he recognized him as having outstanding felony warrants,” O’Briant said in a press release.

“After stopping the vehicle, Love fled on foot,” O’Briant said. “Two individuals who were with Love were released with no charges. A citizen who saw Love told deputies that they saw Love with a gun.”

Blount County Sheriff’s deputies, Alcoa and Maryville Police officers, Task Force agents and Knox County Air Watch searched the neighborhood for three hours before Love was found hiding in the crawl space of a home on West Fulton Street.

He surrendered with no resistance, O’Briant said, and no gun was recovered.

Bond and hearing dates were not available at press time.

Additional charges are expected, O’Briant added.

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