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Wiseman man captured after manhunt

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

A Wiseman man who eluded police for more than a week was captured Oct. 24 near Highway 354 in Izard County.

Jesse James Cap, 21, is charged with theft of property, a class C felony; residential burglary, a class B felony; and felony fleeing.

Izard County police arrested Cap after a brief manhunt in the woods near Highway 354 and County Road 55 near Wiseman Monday afternoon, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Police searched for Cap for six hours Saturday after he ran while police attempted to arrest him on outstanding warrants. After spotting him Monday, the search resumed.

Izard County Sheriff's deputies, tracking dogs from the Arkansas Department of Correction and an aircraft from the Baxter County Sheriff's Office worked together before finally apprehending Cap in a wooded area, Lawrence said.

Police issued warrants for Cap after learning he may have been connected to several area burglaries including three in Horseshoe Bend. He is also a suspect in burglaries in Baxter, Sharp, Craighead and Marion counties, Lawrence said.

Cap was awaiting trial on a breaking and entering charge, residential burglary charge and two counts of theft of property. When police began to question him regarding additional thefts, he ran, Lawrence said.

"During the investigation phase he became very elusive," Lawrence said. "He knew we had warrants on him and he finally ran Saturday. We spotted him again on Monday. He's not really dangerous. He's just a thief."

Lawrence said Cap stole a 12-volt DeWalt drill, a Dewalt radio, 12 DVDs, a Ryobi charger, a circular saw, a bottle of Obsession cologne and other items from a Horseshoe Bend residence Sept. 3.

Cap admitted to stealing the items and also admitted to taking $70 worth of gas from another Horseshoe Bend home, during an interview with the Horseshoe Bend Police, Lawrence said.

Law officers found rolls of coins and knives that had been stolen from a Franklin residence inside Cap's van, Lawrence said.

Cap has been charged with multiple property crime offenses in the past, he said.

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