Monday, February 11, 2008

Bail Bondsmen Find New Orleans Felon

Two bail bondsmen from New Orleans flew to Montana Wednesday and arrested a fugitive who had been a roofer and construction worker in Great Falls since last September.

Michael Woods, who went by the name Cody Warren in Great Falls, is facing drug and home burglary charges in New Orleans, according to the National Crime Information Center.

He was free on a $60,000 bond when he left New Orleans, according to Shane Chedville, owner of a bail bonding company in suburban Gretna.

"He's definitely in Great Falls," Chedville said Wednesday morning. "I've talked to a guy he did construction work for, and I talked to a lady who had him on her roof as recently as last Saturday."

There was a $5,000 reward for Woods' capture.

"I've told him I'm willing to hire him an attorney and pay him the reward if he just does the right thing and turns himself in," Chedville said. "Because if I don't catch him by Feb. 16, I'm going to be out $30,000."

However, Chedville got a tip later Wednesday morning saying Woods was being hidden in a specific Great Falls residence.

"We searched the place, found him hiding in a hidden basement, dragged him out, handcuffed him and ran him out to the airport in order to catch our flight out of town," Chedville said in a phone interview from the Salt Lake City airport.

"As soon as he saw me, he said he was real sorry," Chedville added.

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