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Wanted couple not on the run for long

POSTED: April 1, 2013 9:03 p.m.

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A Rincon couple wanted by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office was on the run for about a day before deputies caught them late Friday night at a hotel in Savannah.

Holly Skipper, 23, and Joseph Mikell, 24, were arrested just after 11 p.m. Friday at the Travelers Inn on Ogeechee Road, according to the ECSO.

The two had been sought since Thursday afternoon, when deputies went to 113 John Glenn Drive in the Westwood Heights subdivision to arrest Skipper for violating her probation. A deputy standing at the front door overheard Andrew Mikell talking on speaker phone with a man later identified as his older brother, Joseph Mikell.

“Joseph Mikell instructed Andrew Mikell not to let the police inside until he came and got his drugs,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. “Andrew Mikell said to the deputy, ‘You can’t come in here.’”

The ECSO obtained a search warrant for the house and investigators found more than two pounds of marijuana, several guns and other items used to sell marijuana, Ehsanipoor said.

 Andrew Mikell, 19, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug-related objects.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police assisted the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office in Friday night’s arrest, Ehsanipoor said. Skipper and Joseph Mikell were transported back to Effingham, where they remain in jail.

Skipper and Joseph Mikell were both charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The firearms charge is related to the guns found at the Westwood Heights home, Ehsanipoor said.


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