Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a man Thursday night who managed to evade at least three law enforcement jurisdictions, including Pine Bluff police, Arkansas Community Correction, SRT Fugitive Task Force and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Paul Weeks, 23, was originally being sought by JCSO in connection with multiple counts of felony theft of property, felony fleeing, and theft by receiving, stemming from incident on Thursday, Sept. 28, sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. said in a press release.
Weeks was spotted just after 9 a.m. by investigators at Hazel Street/Ridgway Road in Pine Bluff driving a pickup truck. Investigators gave chase; however, Weeks was again able to evade law enforcement. Weeks abandoned the truck at Skyline Drive. ACC K-9’s were requested by JCSO and arrived on scene. K-9’s tracked Weeks to a nearby wooded area, but Weeks managed to evade law enforcement again. Weeks then entered onto the property of a residence on Ryburn Road, where he was witnessed stealing the residents tractor. After a brief chase, Weeks abandoned the tractor and again fled on foot.
Arkansas State Police helicopter “Air 4” arrived to assist with an aerial search. Meanwhile, authorities contacted the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association to request a reverse 911 for area residents to be on the lookout for Weeks. A phone call received by MECA from a citizen led authorities to an area near Oak Ridge Road, where Weeks was spotted by Air 4. Air 4’s pilot hovered over, while Weeks was taken into custody by authorities on the ground.
Week was transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, where he is currently being held on probable cause for multiple felony charges in addition to a warrant issued by ACC for absconder, Woods said.