Police: Wanted fugitive caught in Newport News

John Edward Thacker. Credit: Newport News Police Department.


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The search for a wanted fugitive in Newport News ended Friday afternoon. Police say they located John Edward Thacker hiding in some bushes off I-64.

Kiln Creek Elementary School had been placed on lockdown as police searched for Thacker. Just before noon, police said Thacker was spotted in the 600 block of Windbrook Circle — less than a mile from the school.

Police searched the area but suspended the search and lifted the lockdown just before 3 p.m. Less than 20 minutes later, police announced that they found Thacker near the interstate and placed him into custody.

Police say John Edward Thacker was wanted on multiple felonies out of several jurisdictions.

According to police, Thacker was spotted in November 2016 in a Wal-Mart parking lot. When officers approached Thacker, he recklessly sped away and nearly hit an officer in the process.

Warrants were taken out against Thacker for reckless driving, evading and eluding, and driving while under suspension.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates to this developing story.