Samuel Hays Baker

A Washington man sought in connection to a Highway 100 shootout last month was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

Samuel Hays Baker, 19, was arrested by Washington police shortly before 1 p.m. 

Earlier Tuesday Baker was named as a “person of interest” in the Aug. 22 shooting on Highway 100 at Washington Crossing. Shots were fired between two cars about 8 p.m. that night.

Washington police detectives, assisted by the Franklin County Multi-Jurisdictional Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force, were contacted by a victim who had sustained an injury in the shooting. The victim had not yet sought medical attention and identified Baker as the shooter.

Authorities received numerous tips stemming from a Facebook post asking for information or witnesses to the incident.

Before his capture, police warned that Baker was armed and dangerous and urged citizens to not approach him, but instead to call police to report his whereabouts.

Previous Charge

In 2017, Baker was handed five-years’ supervised probation for a felony charge of first-

degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

Baker and two others confessed to shooting out windows on vehicles and homes during a vandalism rampage in Washington over several days in 2016.

At the time, Washington police said the number of reports of property damage has topped 70.

Following their arrest, police seized three air soft BB guns, CO2 cartridges and BBs found inside the car as evidence.

Police allege the suspects used air soft BB guns to break out windows on parked vehicles and on some homes and businesses. There also were reports of body damage to some vehicles.

In one instance, a youth reported he was shot with a BB gun while walking in the area of Wenona Drive, police said.

Most of the property damage occurred in the Quail Run, Dawn Valley and Meriwether subdivisions, but there also were reports of damage in other areas of town.

According to court records, Baker violated the terms of his probation five times in 2018.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Friday, Sept. 7.