For Immediate Release
|January 23, 2014||Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal - Memphis, TN (901) 573-8177|
|U.S. Marshals Task Force Apprehend Accused Police Car Thief After Twelve Day Chase|
Covington, TN - Stephen Melton had been running for twelve days, sleeping outside in subzero temperatures and avoiding large scale manhunts and helicopters. He was finally arrested tonight by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF), working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
allegedly stole a police car from the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office
after being arrested on January 14, 2014. Melton was also wanted for escape,
promotion of methamphetamine, and weapons charges. He was also on TBI’s top
ten list. While searching a wooded area this afternoon for the fugitive, a
bundle of supplies was found in a thicket near where Melton was believed to
be hiding. It contained extra clothing and bedding that the fugitive would
need to continue to live in depopulated areas and avoid law enforcement.
Believing it belonged to Melton, the supplies were seized.
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