"America's Most Wanted" Fugitive Jack Poteat Arrested in Texas for Decade Old Rape Case

"America's Most Wanted" Fugitive Jack Poteat Arrested in Texas for Decade Old Rape Case
Jack Poteat (CBS affiliate WBTV)
MONROE, N.C. (CBS/WBTV/AP) Jack Allen Poteat, a North Carolina man recently featured on "America's Most Wanted" in a 1999 statutory rape case, has been arrested after being on the run for more than a decade.

The FBI received a tip from one of the viewers of the Jan. 22 show and arrested the 46-year-old in Rockwall, Texas on Tuesday.

Authorities said Poteat attempted to flee when he saw law enforcement approaching the home whre they found him, but he crashed his truck after a short chase.

Poteat was indicted by a grand jury in June 1999 for first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sex offense, indecent liberties with a minor and crimes against nature involving a 13-year-old girl in Monroe, N.C., reports CBS affiliate WBTV.

Poteat failed to appear from his jury trial on October 19, 1999 and had been a fugitive ever since.

"America's Most Wanted" reports that Poteat stole the identity of a Union County, N.C. investigator and that he once told a drug counselor in Alabama that he was the inspiration behind Steven Seagal's character in the 1992 film, Under Siege.

According to the show, tips regarding the fugitive led authorities on a long trail. They believe he has spent time in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas since evading prosecution in Union County.

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