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Fugitive Nathan Ginter, accomplice Riley Pearson arrested in Scott County

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Nathan Ginter and Riley Pearson wanted by U.S. Marshal's
Posted at 6:27 PM, Jun 19, 2024

UPDATE: July 11 at 4:30 p.m.

More details have emerged in the case of fugitive Nathan Ginter and alleged accomplice Riley Pearson, who were on the run from police in late June and ultimately found and arrested in Georgetown, with a citation revealing Pearson's involvement.

The citation read that Pearson provided Ginter with a debit or credit card for a hotel room and she also reportedly "conducted a transaction at the request of Mr. Ginter to purchase a new vehicle," which helped Ginter flee police.

Pearson is charged with second degree hindering prosecution or apprehension, the citation reported.

UPDATE: June 22 at 12:50 a.m.

Nathan Ginter and Riley Pearson have been arrested according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the pair were found around 12:30 a.m. near Cynthiana Road and Newtown Pike in Georgetown.

An anonymous phone tip led law enforcement to that area where Ginter and Pearson lied about their identities when they were found.

Ginter is charged with four counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon and 16 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Those charges are on top of the out of state warrants against Ginter.

Pearson is charged with 2nd degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

Investigators added that Ginter was in possession of two handguns, two rifles, 16 fake identification cards and $60,500 when he was detained.

As of Saturday morning, both of them are being held in the Scott County Detention Center.

UPDATE: June 21 at 4:56 p.m.

For another day, a massive search continued for a wanted South Carolina man convicted of torturing a child.

U.S. Marshals, along with Georgetown police and other law enforcement, spent Friday following up on tips that Nathan Ginter and a female accomplice may have been spotted around Finnell Pike near Cynthiana Road in eastern Scott County.

LEX 18 was in the area as authorities canvassed farmland on the 400 block of Finnell Pike, but police said at the time they didn't find any sign of the couple."We do believe they still might be in the area—there's not anything that tells us they have left the area, but we're working on numerous tips to figure that out at this time," said Georgetown Police Assistant Chief Josh Nash.

Ginter is considered "armed and dangerous" and possibly desperate. Police advise people to stay vigilant and lock their homes, cars, and barns.

Police say they have already recovered Ginter's dog, truck, and trailer."We're asking for people to check their cameras if they live in the Finnell Pike and Forrest Path areas off of Cynthiana Rd', said Nash. Authorities say if anyone sees the couple to call 911 and do not take matters into your own hands.

UPDATE: June 20 at 5 p.m.

The Georgetown Police Department has released new images of the wanted South Carolina man and his female accomplice.

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The department is asking residents in the Finnell Pike area to check any cameras they may have for sightings of the duo.

A release from the department says in addition to new headshots of both individuals, if you have any other information related to the case, contact Detective Valdez at joey.valdez@georgetownpolice.org or the Scott County Dispatch Center at 502-863-7820 and ask to speak with an officer.

Original Story:

Police continue to search for a wanted South Carolina man last seen in central Kentucky. Officers recently identified his female accomplice, and one Cynthiana resident says he will do anything to protect his family.

Logan Miller and his wife lived on the East Coast before moving their entire life to Cynthiana, Kentucky, in February 2024.

The Millers bought several acres of land with the intention of farming and caring for their horses while also building a forever home.

"We moved out here to get away from the weather up north and we came down from up north," said Miller. "We like the small quaint, rural area."

Until yesterday, when U.S. Marshals and Kentucky State Police announced they're searching for 43-year-old Nathan Ginter from South Carolina. Ginter was last seen camping out in a farmer's backyard in Cynthiana with his female accomplice, Riley Pearson.

Nathan Ginter, 43, is wanted by U.S. Marshal's for Unlawful Conduct toward a Child

Ginter was found guilty for Failure to Appear in court and Unlawful Conduct of a Child. According to his warrant, "Ginter tortured his young child by means of waterboarding and using a taser." He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

"Helicopters, planes circling around. It was unsettling and then I go online and I look it up and sure enough there's a wanted fugitive out of South Carolina," describes Miller, who says they began circling late Tuesday morning for nearly four hours. "It was a little nerve racking here. I can promise you that if there's anybody on this farm we will take care of them."

Miller says with so many outbuildings in the area, he makes sure to "keep a lookout going into some of the outbuildings, checking them to make sure nobody's hunkering down in them."

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"You kind of got to fend for yourself out here in a way. You know, 911 is not right around the corner. 911 is not showing up in three minutes. A lot can happen in three to five minutes, so you have to be prepared," said Miller.

If you think you see Ginter, do not approach him. Call your local police department or U.S. Marshal's immediately.