Fugitive Friday Success: Over 30 Fugitives Apprehended

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Since starting the Fugitive Friday program four years ago your calls have led to the successful capture of more than thirty fugitives.

Just last month we featured Kenneth P. Stevens for his involvement in a multi-county crime spree. Two days after our story aired, Dinwiddie Sherriff's deputies say the fugitive walked right through their front door.

"Mr. Stevens came into the sheriff's office and wanted to turn himself in on the outstanding warrant," said Major William Knott with the Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office.

Investigators credit the success to Fugitive Fridays.

"Several people saw the piece on Fugitive Friday, contacted a guy that Mr. Stevens was working for. He received some pressure from his boss and some other viewers who had contacted his boss as I understand it," Knott said.

One of Steven's victims, Jerry Browder, is happy with the success also.

"It was a blessing in disguise cause normally it's hard to catch these guys but with this program that you have and with the help from the community I think things will work out real good," he said.

Every agency involved in Fugitive Friday has seen success.

"The first time we participated in the Fugitive Friday program we had our target that week as soon as I left the station," said Knott.

Thieves, sex offenders, and murders have all been taken off the streets thanks to your calls. Police credit cooperation for making Central Virginia a safer place.

"It makes your neighborhood safer it helps get these people off the street," Knott added.

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