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O'dell captured after being placed on most wanted list

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By Melissa Indelicato

David Wayne O’dell, 31, of 1342 Sharps Lane, Caryville wasn’t having sweet dreams when he made the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Top Ten Most Wanted list around 11 am Monday morning.

And he didn’t seem to disagree when police arrived approximately six hours later to place him under arrest.

“The TBI was more than happy to put him on the list due to the charges we had against him,” according to LaFollette Police Lt. Jeff Allen.

Last week police were informed of an alleged domestic violence incident at 607 South 19th Street,

between O‘dell and his girlfriend. O’dell fled upon the officers’ arrival. It was reported he had allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend at gunpoint while she was seeking refugee at her sister’s house, also located in LaFollette.

Once it was known there was a gun involved, police sought O’dell and once again attempted to arrest him. Though the couple was allegedly later spotted at St. Mary’s Medical Center of LaFollette, O’dell made yet another quick escape.

But he wasn’t fast enough for the anonymous tip officers received shortly after he was added to the TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. After learning of his whereabouts they quickly assembled a team and set out to hopefully make an arrest.

When officers arrived at apartment 751B Old Middlesboro Highway they found O’dell accompanied by his wife and the owner of the apartments. “He ran upstairs, but once he saw there wasn’t anywhere to go he laid on the floor, put his hands behind his back and gave up,” according to Allen.

With a criminal record dating back to 1997, which includes 13 felony convictions, O’dell now has new charges to add.

He is currently being held in jail and is charged with accessory after the fact, three counts of reckless endangerment, especially aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault by domestic violence, vandalism, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of evading arrest, and driving while revoked.

He has yet to be scheduled a court date.