TBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Stephen Beck Captured In Wilmington, North Carolina

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Stephen Beck
Stephen Beck

A joint investigation involving the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has yielded the apprehension of Stephen Eugene Beck in Wilmington, N.C.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office requested that TBI add Beck to the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive list after he failed to report to court in Wilson County on July 25, 2011.

TBI Special Agents, U.S. Marshal Service personnel, Wilson County deputies, and Rutherford County deputies have searched for over 2½ years for Beck in an investigation that involved hundreds of tips, over a thousand leads, and across 17 states. In February, TBI developed information that Beck had been living in the Johnson City, Tn. area and was actively avoiding capture.

Eventually, it was learned that Beck moved to Wilmington, N.C., last June. TBI special agents and deputy U.S. marshals were searching for Beck in the Wilmington area for the past few months. That investigation led U.S. marshals to 124 Dapple Court in Wilmington,  where Beck was found to be living under a stolen identity. Beck was taken into custody by U.S. Marshal Service personnel. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized from the apartment subsequent to Beck’s arrest. Beck will be booked into the New Hanover County Jail to await extradition as well as face local charges.

Beck, 40, was wanted for felony failure to appear in court after not reporting to Wilson County Criminal Court on July 25, 2011 to enter a plea or set a trial date. In August of 2010, Beck was charged in Wilson County on six counts of rape of a child and 14 counts of rape. Beck was also indicted in August 2010 in Rutherford County on three counts of rape of a child. He was out on $150,000 bond in Wilson County and a $1 million bond in Rutherford County.

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