A fugitive who escaped capture after a four-hour manhunt near Register Thursday wasn't as lucky the second time around. An anonymous tip Friday led deputies to Miller Street Extension, where Ronnie Xavier Stovall, 27, West Parrish Street, was apprehended after a brief foot chase.
Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies, assisted by Statesboro Police officers, arrived at Stovall's location around 1:15 p.m. Friday, said Bulloch County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Rountree. When Stovall realized he had been found, he fled, but only got about 200 yards away before officers overpowered him, he said.
Thursday morning, Bulloch County Drug Suppression Team agents waited as Stovall made a delivery of cocaine to a location near Register, off Ga. 46, he said. Rountree is the commander of the drug suppression team.
Agents received information that Stovall was making the delivery, and waited along with Georgia State Patrol troopers until he made the deal. Then, troopers tried to stop Stovall, who fled westbound, crossing U.S. 301 South towards Register. Stovall turned onto Foster Williams Road, then continued onto the dirt portion of Church Street, which goes into the town of Register.
However, before reaching the town, Stovall abandoned his two-tone brown Chevrolet S10 pickup near an empty house and fled into fields and woodlands. A woman with his, who was not identified due to ongoing investigations, was caught at the scene, Rountree said.
State troopers, deputies, and other law enforcement agents, using a K-9 unit from Reidsville State Prison and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter, searched for over four hours in the 100-degree heat, with a heat index soaring well into the triple digits.
Stovall was spotted once as he exited some woods, removed his shirt, then fled into the woods again.
He is currently being held without bond at the Bulloch County Jail, facing 22 outstanding warrants from various law enforcement agencies including the Statesboro Police Department, Rountree said. He also faces charges from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department that include two counts of sale of cocaine, and a number of charges including traffic violations from the Georgia State Patrol, he said.