Nelson County authorities apprehend wanted man considered armed and dangerous
The sheriff's office says 57-year-old Stephen Halsey has been caught.
NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities in Nelson County say they have apprehended a wanted man that was considered armed and dangerous.
The sheriff's office says Stephen Halsey was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.
The 57-year-old was wanted for skipping out on parole supervision after getting released from prison last month.
Officials say his criminal history includes rape, burglary and arson.
"In the past week and a half, we've covered hundreds of acres looking for this guy," said Nelson County Chief Deputy Ramon Pineiroa.
Halsey had been spotted and captured on camera in the area of Ice Town Road and Patton Road in the Boston area.
Monday, someone found him sleeping in a barn on Nat Rogers Road.
We're told Tuesday, he was spotted again when Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly went to check out a cabin in the woods.
"That's where he was cooking lunch until we interrupted his meal," Pineiroa explained.
The sheriff's office says a manhunt ensued with 15 to 20 law enforcement officers working to capture him.
"Our dog tracked him down and flushed him out to where other law enforcement agents were here assisting us," Pineiroa explained.
With this development in the case comes relief for a lot of people who live in the area.
Several residents said they were worried about the wanted man hiding out near their homes.
While authorities called Halsey 'armed and dangerous', they say they did not find a weapon on him.
Halsey's expected to face new burglary charges though, the sheriff's office suspects he was stealing to survive.
"Like I've said in the past, Mr. Halsey should not be out and hopefully he'll be behind bars for a long time," Pineiroa said.
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