US Marshals say a man wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and featured on America's Most Wanted for close to 40 sex crimes was arrested Tuesday in Wilmington.
Stephen Eugene Beck has been on the TBI 10 Most Wanted list since 2011 for nine counts of rape of a child, 16 counts of rape, and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in 2011 and three more counts of rape of a child in 2010.
Marshals caught up with Beck at the apartment where he was living on Dapple Court off New Center Drive in Wilmington. His roommate, who does not want to be identified, had no idea the man she called her best friend was a fugitive. In fact, she thought Beck's name was Jason Keith.
She's still in shock - replaying their interactions since she met Beck a year ago. Particularly his keen interest in her kid sister.
When he never showed for his trial date on July 25, 2011 he was added to the Most Wanted List.
U.S. Marshals arrested Beck in Wilmington Tuesday afternoon for possession of methamphetamine, possession on scheduled II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and warrants for his outstanding sex crimes.
Beck is in the New Hanover County Jail under an $18,000,000 bond.
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