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For Immediate Release

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June 02, 2017 John Sanchez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Tennessee (865) 545-4182 x261
U.S. Marshals, Cocke County Deputies, Arrest Alabama Fugitive Wanted for Escape
Knoxville, TN - The U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Tennessee announced today the apprehension of Ryan Edward Wilson, 30, of Huntsville, Alabama. Wilson was arrested Thursday evening in Newport, TN, by a team of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force officers, and Cocke County Sheriff’s deputies.

On April 24, 2017, Wilson and another inmate, Bobby Lee Taylor, jumped over a perimeter fence at the Alabama Department of Corrections’ Loxley Work Release Center. Taylor was recaptured in Deatsville, Alabama, on May 1st, while Wilson remained at large.

Wilson was serving a two-year sentence for Theft of Property out of Jackson County, Alabama.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Alabama joined the investigation into Wilson’s whereabouts. The investigation led the officers to believe Wilson may be in East Tennessee. The U.S. Marshals Service in East Tennessee was then able to locate Wilson in Newport, Tennessee, where he was taken into custody by Deputy U.S. Marshals, Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force officers, and Cocke County Sheriff’s deputies.

The officers arrested Wilson, as well as two other individuals, and confiscated more than ten grams of meth, two firearms, and a small amount of U.S. currency.

Wilson was taken to the Cocke County Jail to await extradition to Alabama.

“Fugitive inmates, in their efforts to escape justice, pose a great danger to our communities. This is why the U.S. Marshals Service strives to swiftly locate and apprehend these individuals,” stated Jim Fowler, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “Arrests like Mr. Wilson’s are possible thanks to our close working relationship with our local partners, like the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department,” he added.
Members of the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force involved in Wilson’s arrest include the Knoxville Police Department, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations.

Further information on the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force can be found at: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/tn-e/taskforces/index.html.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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