NASHVILLE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation captured the recent addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, Stephen Daryl Melton of Henning, TN.

Last night, Melton was taken into custody without incident by TBI agents and members of the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Task Force. While searching in a wooded area yesterday afternoon, supplies needed for living outdoors were discovered where Melton was believed to be hiding. In the early evening, Melton was found inside a residence in Covington, TN. Melton was transported to the Lauderdale County jail.

Stephen Daryl Melton was wanted by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Currently, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department has charged Melton with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Escape, Initiations of Meth Manufacture, Promotions of Meth, Possession of Prohibited Weapon, Felony Possession of a Weapon, Evading Arrest and Felony Vandalism.

On January 11, 2014, Lauderdale County Sheriff deputies were called to Melton’s residence about drug activity. The homeowner and Melton allowed deputies to search the residence. Deputies found numerous weapons as well as components and materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Melton was placed under arrest and put in the backseat of a Lauderdale County patrol SUV. The deputy was summoned back inside the residence to gather more evidence.  During that time, Melton kicked out a hole in the Plexiglas, crawled into the driver’s seat and stole the deputy’s patrol car. Later in the evening, the patrol car was found crashed into a wooded area on Copper Creek Road near the Wildlife Refuge.

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