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Sheriff: Fugitive apologized for stealing deputy's SUV

To evade capture, authorities say Stephen Melton colored his hair and shaved his beard. He was captured Thursday evening. To evade capture, authorities say Stephen Melton colored his hair and shaved his beard. He was captured Thursday evening.
"He had the potential to be a real dangerous man and I think it's a relief for everyone," said Lauderdale County Steve Sheriff Sanders. "He had the potential to be a real dangerous man and I think it's a relief for everyone," said Lauderdale County Steve Sheriff Sanders.
Melton was transported to the Lauderdale County Jail. Melton was transported to the Lauderdale County Jail.

(WMC-TV) – A man added Wednesday to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's list of the 10 most wanted fugitives was captured one day later.

Stephen Melton, who is accused of stealing a deputy's patrol car, ran from deputies for almost two weeks. He was officially added to TBI's list Wednesday, when investigators got a lead on his location.

Melton faces charges of manufacturing meth, possession of a firearm, felony escape, evading arrest, vandalism, and theft.

U.S. Marshals say the bitterly cold weather prompted Melton to take shelter in a house on Melrose Road in Covington, just feet from where local, state, and federal officials were looking for him Wednesday. He was captured just after 8 p.m. Thursday.

"He had the potential to be a real dangerous man and I think it's a relief for everyone," said Lauderdale County Steve Sheriff Sanders.

To evade capture, authorities say Melton colored his hair and shaved his beard.

Sheriff Sanders says Melton was cooperative when he was arrested, even apologizing for stealing and vandalizing the deputies' SUV.

The sheriff believes Melton would have stayed on the run had it not been so cold.

"He's a survivalist. He's stayed in the woods at Ft. Pillow for approximately three years, sleeping in tents, using backpacks, heavy thick coats," said the Sheriff, who added that Melton also had meth-making materials in the woods with him.

Stephen Melton is in the Lauderdale County Jail on a $500,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for February 28.

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