Update: Man Arrested After Manhunt on Sex Offender Violations, More Charges Expected

A 35-year-old man is facing several charges and more are expected after a manhunt this morning in Tuscaloosa.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department’s Juvenile Division is leading the investigation after the multi-agency search that happened after the suspect chased an 8-year-old girl from her bus stop at Forrester Gardens apartments.

Travis Terrell McIntosh was charged with failure to register as a sex offender, violating the Community Notification Act for sex offenders and two counts of attempting to elude police officers. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected.

The chase and search for McIntosh began at 7:11 a.m. Tuesday when a mother called 911 to report that an unknown man had said “come here” to her 8-year-old daughter before chasing her from the bus stop at Forrester Gardens. The mother went outside when she heard her daughter yelling, and the man then ran into the woods.

Officers arrived minutes later and began to search the wooded area behind the complex off James I. Harrison Parkway. The first officers on the scene called for backup after they heard the sound of what may have been gunfire or firecrackers. The origin of the sound has not yet been determined.

In all, 27 TPD officers responded to the area, along with the department’s helicopter and officers with Northport and University of Alabama police departments, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Holy Spirit School was notified and placed on lockdown.

McIntosh was taken into custody in the backyard of a residence in the 3100 block of 11th Avenue East at 8:33 a.m., following an intensive search of surrounding retail and residential areas.

He is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail with bond set at $15,000.


Tuscaloosa Police have a suspect with pending charges after several law enforcement agencies were involved in a chase and a manhunt that began at Forrester Gardens Apartments this morning.

A woman called 911 at 7:11 a.m. to report a man in his 20s had chased her daughter from the bus stop on James I. Harrison Jr. Parkway to an area behind the apartment buildings.

Officers who responded called for backup after hearing possible gunfire, and multiple officers from TPD, Alabama State Troopers, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Northport and the University of Alabama Police departments responded to the area.

Holy Spirit School was notified and placed on lockdown.

A suspect was taken into custody in the back yard of a residence in the 3100 block of 11th Avenue East at 8:33 a.m., following an intensive search of surrounding retail and residential areas.

The suspect was still being questioned by Tuscaloosa Police Tuesday morning, with charges forthcoming.

Investigators are working to determine whether the responding officers heard gunfire, firecrackers or something else.

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