By Kelly Foreman / Staff Writer

With a gallon of gas in hand, a wanted Alabama man barricaded himself inside a Whitley County trailer, threatened to kill himself and those around him Sunday.

Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge said dispatch received a call of a man trying to burn down a trailer on Barber Shop Road. When sheriff’s deputies Ben Hodge and Josh Meadors arrived on the scene, Carl Alves Geckles, 49, of Albertville, Ala., allegedly fled into a trailer and barricaded himself inside.

Hodge said Geckles refused to communicate with officers outside the trailer. After a few minutes of trying to talk to him, Hodge said he and Kentucky State Police Trooper David Lassiter entered the residence, where Geckles was pretending to be asleep.

“We got a crow bar and pried (the door) open,” Hodge said. “We knew he wasn’t asleep.”

Hodge said Geckles was drunk and was arguing about being arrested. Upon his arrest, Geckles was charged with menacing, resisting arrest, alcohol intoxication and fleeing or evading police.

After identifying Geckles, Hodge said he was confirmed as a registered sex offender in Alabama. At this time, Hodge said it has not been confirmed if Geckles is compliant with the registry.

The Marshall County, Ala. Sheriff’s Department is considering extraditing Geckles on charges of second-degree theft by deception and first-degree theft of property, Hodge said. Geckles failed to appear for arraignment on the Alabama charges Sept. 12 in the Marshall County Circuit Court, Hodge said.

“He has a handful of warrants out against him,” Hodge said. “He’s definitely wanted.”

Geckles is being held in the Whitley County Jail without bond.

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