Fugitive From Justice
Dekalb County authorities capture a fugitive from justice who tries to leave Alabama with his 15-year-old son. John Roper of Pecos, Texas was travelling through Collinsvile on his way to Louisiana with his son in a muddied up truck when a police officer noticed him at the local MAPCO gas station. The officer approached Roper and he told the officer that he had just gotten out of prison and had gone to Cleveland, Tennessee to pick up his son who was the passenger in the side front seat. The officer later learned that Roper had a felony warrant from the Taylor County Texas Sheriff’s Office for theft. Roper was arrested and transported to the Dekalb County Detention Center to await extradition. His son was transported to Collinsville Police Department where his mother and grandmother picked him up.