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Florida fugitive caught in McDonough

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A Florida murder suspect is in police custody after Henry County authorities located him earlier this week.

Agents with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force say they found 18-year-old Dwayne Edward Lee in McDonough, after authorities got a tip from the public following an episode of "America's Most Wanted."

Lee is wanted in the slaying of 15-year-old Roger Eutsey on Aug. 31, 2007. He is accused of shooting Eutsey in the back of the head following a confrontation between the two, according to the television show's web site.

Authorities in Florida had been unable to locate the suspect.

Miami-Dade Police Detective Juan Villalba said police suspected Lee was responsible for Eutsey's death, and "aggressively pursued" him, but said he "disappeared from the radar" shortly after the incident.

However, after the search for Eutsey aired nationally Saturday, police in Florida had obtained information from a viewer reporting Lee was staying at a house at 3065 Yellow Pine Terrace in McDonough, according to Maj. Scott Ryals with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force.

"A detective with the Miami-Dade County Police Department called the task force and the McDonough Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, and said we may have a wanted person at that address," Maj. Ryals said. "Agents from the task force went to the location and conducted surveillance."

Upon further investigation, Ryals said, agents obtained a search warrant for the residence, and found a "surprised" Lee in the home at around 4 a.m., Friday morning.

"I really believe he didn't think anybody was going to find him," said the task force agent. When Lee was arrested, police also found a Browning semi-automatic 9 mm gun in his possession. Task force agents took the suspect into custody and contacted police in Florida.

Ryals noted the significance of Lee's arrest, saying the suspect allegedly committed a "serious crime" and "needed to be off the streets."

Miami Det. Villalba said there is "no doubt" Lee is responsible for the shooting.

"We're certainly grateful for the efforts of the Flint Task Force," he said. "They were instrumental in assisting us with the apprehension."

Lee, after being questioned by Miami-Dade detectives, was transported to the Henry County Jail Friday afternoon, and is expected to be transported to Florida.