One Of TBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives Arrested In North Carolina
WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. – A Middle Tennessee man accused of child rape has been arrested in North Carolina, nearly three years after he was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive list.
Stephen Beck was apprehended in Wilmington by the U.S. Marshals Service. Investigators said he had been living under a stolen identity in the area since June 2013.
The 40-year-old man was added to the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List after he failed to report to court in Wilson County on July 25, 2011 in order to enter a plea or set a trial date. In August 2010, Beck was charged in Wilson County on six counts of rape of a child and 14 counts of rape.
Beck was also indicted in August 2010 in Rutherford County on three counts of rape of a child.
At the time of his failure to appear in court in 2011, he was out on $150,000 bond in Wilson County and a $1 million dollar bond in Rutherford County.
TBI Special Agents, U.S. Marshal Service personnel, Wilson County deputies, and Rutherford County deputies have searched for Beck for more than two and a half years, in an investigation that had hundreds of tips and led them to 17 states.
In February 2014, TBI learned that Beck had been living in the Johnson City area and was actively avoiding capture.
They later learned Beck moved to Wilmington last June, and they had been actively searching the area for the past few months. Information led U.S. Marshals to an apartment in Wilmington where Beck had been living under a stolen identity.
Investigators found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the apartment after Beck was taken into custody.
Beck will be booked into the New Hanover County Jail to await extradition as well as face local charges.