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Okla. fugitive Charles Alan Dyer caught in Texas

Charles Alan Dyer
KHOU
Charles Alan Dyer
KHOU

(CBS/KHOU/AP) RICHMOND, Texas - Deputies in Southeast Texas have captured Charles Alan Dyer, a fugitive who fled Oklahoma just as he was about to be tried on a child sexual abuse charge.

Dyer was walking down the street with no shirt when Fort Bend County deputies spotted him around 8 a.m., according to FBI, reports CBS affiliate KHOU.

He initially gave the police a fake name, but surrendered peacefully.

Dyer had been hiding along the Brazos River, near Richmond, 30 miles southwest of Houston, but went to Sonic after he was craving a cherry limeade. When he left the local Sonic, a resident recognized him and called authorities.

Dyer told deputies he hadn't eaten in four days, and was tired and thirsty.

Dyer, 31, had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt since Sunday when he was spotted in the Sealy area.

The FBI led the search for Dyer, who was scheduled to stand trial in Oklahoma last week on allegations he raped a 6-year-old girl. Authorities say Dyer's house in Oklahoma was found burned on Aug. 12, and he never showed up to court the following Monday, reports the station.

The former Marine was believed to be heavily armed, but he didn't have any guns when he was captured. Deputies say he was carrying a large amount of cash.

Last year, Dyer was charged with unlawfully possessing a grenade launcher.

He will eventually be extradited back to Oklahoma to face the rape charge and a new charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.