CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) An Arkansas fugitive who was the subject of an intense manhunt is in custody after being captured in southeast Missouri.

Cape Girardeau police arrested three people Thursday night, including Eric Kent, of Brookland, Ark. He was wanted for allegedly assaulting a woman in Jonesboro, Ark., early Wednesday.

Kent was considered so dangerous that those who lived near the search were cautioned to stay in their homes while police, including officers in helicopters and those using police dogs, searched for him, the Southeast Missourian reported.

Kent’s father and a woman also were arrested.

Cape Girardeau police tried to pull over a Ford pickup, but it fled, prompting a chase. The truck pulled over and the two men ran a short distance before they were caught, police said.

It wasn’t clear why Kent was in Cape Girardeau.

Arkansas State Police and sheriff’s departments in Craighead and Green counties in Arkansas had been searching for Kent since Wednesday morning, when a woman covered in blood and with blackened eyes walked into the garage of a Jonesboro home. After the homeowner called police, the woman said Kent beat her severely after she stopped by his home Tuesday night.

The woman said Kent forced her into his Jeep Cherokee and continued to assault her. She believed he was angry because she had visited an ex-boyfriend earlier that day.

The woman said she escaped when Kent stopped at a gas station.

Police in Arkansas spotted the Jeep, but Kent got away. It wasn’t clear how Kent ended up in the pickup that was stopped in Cape Girardeau, or when the other two were picked up. Cape Girardeau is about 150 miles north of the site of the original crime.


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