Laurel fugitive caught


Arthur Shepherd
Arthur Shepherd

Laurel and Knox sheriff’s departments work together to capture wanted felon

Staff Report

It took the cooperation of both the Knox and Laurel county sheriff’s departments, as well as the assistance of a Knox County constable, to hunt down and apprehend a London man who Laurel detectives say had been on the run for some time.

On Friday, Jan. 16, Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Charlie Loomis contacted Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith and asked for his department’s assistance in serving felony indictment warrants on Arthur Shepherd, 34, of London for second degree forgery and persistent felony offender. Detective Loomis said Shepherd had been eluding capture for some time, and that he would definitely run while trying to be apprehended.

Detective Loomis learned that Shepherd was staying in a house trailer on Big Springs Lane near Gray. Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith, deputies William Stewart, Chad Wagner, Bill Hamilton and Constable Carl Bolton accompanied Detective Loomis to the residence.

Numerous attempts were made to contact the occupants inside the trailer, but no one would answer the door. All window and door glasses were sealed and taped from the inside making it impossible to see into the trailer. There were no vehicles in the driveway. Neighbors said that the people who lived in the trailer stayed up all night and slept during the daytime.

While moving two cruisers that were blocking the lane to allow a vehicle to pass, Arthur Shepherd exited the rear of the trailer, jumped a 4-foot high wire fence and fled into a wooded area located behind the trailer park. Deputy Chad Wagner and Constable Carl Bolton gave chase and entered the wooded area. Sheriff Smith and Deputy Stewart drove to the backside of the wooded area where they also entered the wooded area.

Shepherd was found hidden behind a fallen tree and began running again. He crossed Jim Steel Hill Road and entered into another wooded area. Deputy Wagner was able to track Shepherd through a thick, overgrowth of briars and bushes and found him hiding in a pond, overflow ditch. Shepherd took off again, but Deputy Wagner was able to overtake and arrest him. The foot pursuit lasted approximately 45 minutes.

Shepherd was arrested and transported to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.