May 15, 2013 11:20 PM

Convicted Rapist On The Run Captured In Wyoming

The search is over for fugitive John Buckley IV, a convicted rapist who escaped last July from the Fayette County Courthouse. On the run for more than 10 months, the fugitive was arrested in Laramie, Wyoming Wednesday. Members of the Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force teamed up with US Marshals to track him down.

The former soldier's been on the run since police say he cut his ankle monitoring device and skipped out on his rape trial just before the verdict was read.

Shortly after Buckley disappeared, Jessica Merritt told LEX18 she feared the man she helped convict, would retaliate, sending her into hiding.

"He was proud of the fact everyone thought he was dangerous and scary," Merritt said in July 2012.

Police in Laramie aren't saying whether Buckley was armed when he was arrested but they think he's only been in the area for less than a week. Police say before he was caught, he ran from officers several times eventually hiding behind some underbrush and a dirt berm before he was subdued by officers and finally taken into custody.

Buckley is being held in the Albany County Detention center in Laramie, Wyoming. The Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force says to expect more details at a news conference Thursday morning in Lexington.


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