2018-05-17 / Front Page

Suspect Apprehended at Walch Store

A suspect that led area law enforcement on a search into the woods off of CR 405 near CR 326 on Tuesday, May 15, was apprehended on Wednesday afternoon after Chief Ted Walton received a tip from a local citizen that the culprit may be found in Lincoln.

Tuesday afternoon, shortly before the LISD buses ran at the end of classes, LISD put out a notice that all students who live on CR 326 scheduled to ride home on Bus #9 would be delayed at the school due to a police investigation.

According to Chief Walton, a Lee County Deputy went to a residence on CR 405 in Old Town Lexington to serve civil papers and made note of the license plate number of the vehicles in the drive. When Walton heard the deputy report the plates to dispatch, he recognized one of the numbers belonging to a set of stolen plates that he had been trying to locate. Walton told the deputy this information so the deputy returned to the residence, which apparently spooked a man and woman, who took off running, evading contact.

In the meantime, Chief Walton and DPS were dispatched to help catch the fleeing subjects. The Lexington Leader’s drone pilot and owner of Eagles Flight Aerial Imaging, Philip Concan, was requested on scene to help search for the suspect until a DPS helicopter arrived to take over the search from the air. Lexington City Employees also assisted the officers, supplying water for their thirst and a Gator to transport them from the woods back to their vehicles. Officers searched until it was clear that the male subject was no longer in the area.

The female subject, identified as Ashley Miller, was apprehended, arrested and booked into the Lee County Law Enforcement Center. The male subject, Fred Anthony from Memphis, Tennessee, was apprehended on Wednesday. Jeannie Davis of Lexington heard from her husband Wednesday afternoon that he had taken a man, who had wandered up to their house, to the Walch Store. Jeannie had a suspicion that it may have been the man the police had been searching for the day before, so she called Chief Walton. He went to the Walch Store and confirmed that the man was in fact the subject for which they had searched.

Walton had already notified the Lee County Sheriff’s Office of the possibility of the subject being at Walch Store, so several Deputies and DPS Troopers also arrived in Lincoln, where Walton had the suspect in his vehicle. Anthony was taken to the Lee County Law Enforcement Center where he was booked into jail.

Walton said, “Teamwork. Everything is accomplished with teamwork. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and DPS were critical in helping us apprehend these two culprits. The Sheriff’s Department is credited with the recovery of several stolen items from several different counties and locations after catching Miller and Anthony.”

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