Arkansas Arrest for Georgia Fugitive

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POLK COUNTY, Ark. – A man described as a “dangerous fugitive” from Georgia has been arrested in Western Arkansas.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) says it was aided by wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission in making the weekend arrest.

The PCSO says wildlife officers received a tip about the escaped fugitive being in the area. 

After checking several locations, officers were able to track down Jose Maria Perez, 20, and make the arrest without incident during a traffic stop. 

Perez had been wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service for Aggravated Assault, Home Invasion and Rape in Chatham County, Georgia. 

Officials say the Chatham County Detention Center made a mistake and meant to release Jose Lopez Perez, 30, last week and not Jose Maria Perez. 

Authorities have confirmed that was in Arkansas visiting family. He is being held in the Polk County Jail awaiting extradition back to Georgia.

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