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6.24.05

Fugitive caught in Tennessee

After a six hour stand-off in Tennessee, Johnny Ray Pope, struggling to walk, is taken to jail.

Law enforcement officers got a tip he was at the L. Ranch Motel in Sevier County. During their search, Pope was apparently hiding in a crawl space. His leg crashed through the ceiling tiles and into the arms of a local law officer.

The fugitive is wanted in three states including North Carolina for theft, burglary, and escape charges. For the past three days Pope's been running from deputies in Brunswick County.

It all began Tuesday night. Officers thought Pope crashed a motorcycle into a patrol car in Northwest. But investigators later find out it was his nephew, Thomas Hall.

Wednesday morning, the search continues for Pope on Town Creek Road in Winnabow. The man hunt lasts over six hours. It is a partial success, Sheriff Ron Hewett captures Hall.

Thursday, deputies learn Pope has fled to Pender County in a stolen pickup truck. His 17-year old pregnant girlfriend, Tiffany Locklear by his side.

It all came to an end Thursday night. First, Locklear was found at the motel. Soon after, Pope was cornered and arrested.

Hewett says Pope will be brought back to Brunswick County to face trial after authorities in Tennessee get through with him.

For now, Pope's days of running appear to be over.

Reported By Maggie Alexander

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