Monday, July 21, 2008

Macon Fugitive Apprehended by Bondsman

Macon County fugitive Robert Ellis Burdette Jr. was returned to custody after being located just outside of Greenville, SC last Thursday night.

Burdette, charged as a sexual offender, was wanted after failing to show up for his July 7 court appearance. Sheriff Robbie Holland said he was pleased the man was back in custody.

“During the initial interview and investigation with Mr. Burdette, he confessed to committing sex crimes against a child – that child being a two-year-old,” Holland said. “We definitely considered him as a threat to this community.

The sheriff requested the public’s help in locating Burdette, but by Thursday already suspected he might be located in Greenville.

“We had very little to do with the apprehension. It was the bondsman who found him and returned him to us,” Holland said.

Bail bondsman Doobie White apprehended Burdette later that night in Taylors, S.C. He was staying in a camper at the Flying Mill Campground, about two and a half hours from Franklin.

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