Despite the odds being against it, law enforcement officers were beginning to fear that a man could have eluded them. Alas, he was right where they thought he was.
Around 7:20 am, an Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle near the local WalMart store. The officer suspected the vehicle with a Tennessee tag was stolen. With confirmation the vehicle was indeed stolen, the officer attempted to make an arrest but the suspect fled on foot. The man was dressed in a tee shirt, pajama bottoms, and was barefoot. Initially he ran into a wooded area behind the store. Taylorsville Police responded as well as tracking dogs from several agencies.
Sheriff Chris Bowman said earlier in the day that it was likely the man was surrounded and was within a perimeter and soon the suspect would be taken into custody. The hours clicked by and still no sight of the suspect until around 2pm when a male subject walked into a clearing near Valley Nursing Center. When he spotted officers, he bolted back into the scrub but this time, he didn’t make it far.
Taken into custody, 34 year old Scotty R Robertson of Joplin, Missouri. He was exhausted, cut, bruised, and nearly dehydrated. Robertson will face a long list of charges locally and according to Sheriff Bowman, he is wanted in multiple states for numerous crimes including armed robbery.
Taylorsville Police, The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office want to thank Tractor Supply Company of Taylorsville. The local merchant offered support throughout the manhunt