Fugitive who evaded arrest Tuesday captured

Fugitive who evaded arrest Tuesday captured

The search for an elusive fugitive who evaded arrest in Cherokee County on Tuesday is over, authorities said.

Billy Lee Owens, 36, allegedly stole a van as he avoided arrest in Woodstock. He was facing arrest in connection with weapons charges, according to U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Gavin Duffy.

Several K-9 units and helicopters joined the hunt for Owens, but did not find him.

A Marshals Service spokesman told Channel 2 Action News on Wednesday morning that Owens was later spotted in Lamar County, where he was involved in a police chase before getting away. Lamar County is about 100 miles south of Cherokee County.

Owens was wanted for a “wide range of violent crimes,” according to a news release from the Marshals Service. He has warrants in Fayette, Pike, Meriwether and Cherokee counties and an extensive criminal history, according to the release.

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