Public tips lead to arrest of fugitive in Lyon County


A manhunt that began Thursday for a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals' Fugitive Task Force as well as the Ballard, Marshall, and McCracken County Sheriffs' Offices ended in Lyon County Friday after tips from the public lead to his apprehension.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, personnel with the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force notified the Lyon County Sheriff's Office that officers had entered the county from Lake City in pursuit of a car containing two suspects from Marshall County.

The pursuit ended when law enforcement lost sight of the vehicle, which was found a short time later off KY 810 South by Lyon County sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers.

A perimeter was established and a passenger in the vehicle was apprehended off of KY 1271, but the main fugitive, James L. Dowell, 30, of Barlow, fled on foot.

According to reports, Dowell was charged with four circuit court warrants from Ballard and Marshall counties stemming from multiple drug and firearm related offenses.

Dowell was also charged with parole violation for being an absconder, trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a defaced firearm, and being a persistent felony offender.

Friday morning, the sheriff's office received tips from the public on Chestnut Oak Road and Iron Hill Road in Suwanee regarding sightings of Dowell.

A short time later, a Lyon sheriff's deputy located and arrested Dowell after he emerged from a wooded area and was seen walking on Iron Hill Road off KY 810 South.

County Sheriff Brent White said after further investigation, there was also methamphetamine found on Sunday near where authorities had located Dowell's vehicle.

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