May 15, 2013 4:59 PM
A man who walked away from a Lexington courthouse back in July 2012 just before a jury convicted him of sexual assault has been captured.
Members of the Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force, working with U.S. Marshals in Colorado and Wyoming, arrested John Calvin Buckley IV for a federal violent fugitive Interstate flight to avoid prosecution warrant Wednesday afternoon.
Investigative efforts by the Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force and the Lexington Metro Police Departments Detective Reid Bowles led to the capture of Buckley. Buckley was taken into custody after he, allegedly, ran from initial attempts to take him into custody.
Police say Buckley ran from officers across the railroad tracks and a perimeter was quickly set up. The suspect was later seen by officers hiding behind underbrush and a dirt berm where he was approached and again tried to run, police say, but was subdued by officers and taken into custody.
Buckley fled Kentucky after the jury verdict in the rape case in July 2012. Police say he cut off an ankle bracelet and left the courthouse in July 2012. The former Army Ranger reportedly has extensive combat training and often bragged about people he killed in five tours overseas.
Police say Buckley has been avoiding arrest for about six months since the federal warrant was issued in August 30, 2012 and that he has been in the Laramie area for less than a week. He was released to the United States Marshal's Service for transport and released to Kentucky for the original charge(s) resulting in the federal charge.
Officials say Buckley was arrested in Wyoming and will be booked Wednesday in the Albany County Detention Center in Laramie.
The investigation is continuing.