SCSO Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrests two; one sought in kidnapping case

STAFF REPORT :::

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Apprehension Unit has arrested two men with outstanding warrants.

According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, at approximately 10:45 a.m. July 11, deputies went to the residence located at 253 Liberty Hill Road attempting to locate Robert Pugh, the subject of an outstanding warrant for violation of probation from Henry County.

Dix reports that upon the arrival of Fugitive Apprehension personnel, Pugh refused to exit the residence and surrender. Officials say deputies entered and located Pugh, and took him into custody without further incident.

Pugh is now being held in the Spalding County Jail.

While still on scene, deputies made contact with another person who reportedly identified himself as Michael Wilson.

“When the deputies were speaking with him, they noticed multiple inconsistencies in his story about who he was and how he got there. When they confronted him about the inconsistent statements, he admitted that he had given them a false name and that his true identity was Christopher Thompson,” Dix said.

Dix said he admitted to the deputies that had an active violation of probation warrant from Pickens County from an original charge of kidnapping.

Thompson was taken in to custody and is being held for Pickens County.

Dix said during their investigation, Fugitive Apprehension deputies obtained information that Thompson had been seen earlier in a 2002 Burgundy Chevrolet Blazer. Deputies located the vehicle in a wooded area near the residence and learned that the vehicle had been reported as stolen from Lamar County.

Based on evidence obtained from the crime scene video in Barnesville, it was determined that Thompson fit the description of the vehicle theft suspect and he will be facing those charges in Lamar County, officials said.

“The Fugitive Apprehension Unit did an outstanding job in this instance. By being persistent, noting the signs of deception they saw, and following up, they were able to locate two wanted suspects from other jurisdictions, recover a stolen vehicle, and gather enough information to aid in charging one of the suspects with the theft of the vehicle. I’m proud of those guys, and all the other Sheriff’s Office employees for the hard work they do every day.”

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