Fugitive in custody

Capt. Ray Boggs of the Stone County Sheriff’s Department leads Jessie Eugene Hughes into the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility Friday after his arrest following a three-day manhunt in the McHenry area. Enterprise photo / Jody O’Hara

The Stone County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from U.S. Marshals, has apprehended a felon who had been sought since Tuesday evening.

Jessie Eugene Hughes, a 34-year-old resident of McHenry, had bolted when deputies tried to take him into custody on a warrant Tuesday and had been eluding law enforcement while traversing a forested area near East McHenry Road.

“He had several survival packs scattered in the woods with food and clothes and a makeshift shelter,” said SCSD Investigator Ray Boggs. “He is a survivalist, but he is not a former U.S. Marine like many people were saying.

“He was laying down in the woods when we found him and he didn’t put up a fight.”

Officers had tried to apprehend Hughes at his residence Tuesday evening, but he eluded them and made his way into the woods.

SCSD investigators and deputies had been going door-to-door in the area the past two days and requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, which sent a contingent to help in the search.

“I really want to thank Stone County residents who called in tips,” Boggs said. “I’d especially like to thank the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, who assisted us.

“They arrived this morning and we sat down and came up with a plan and then went out and executed that plan.”

Hughes, who was barefoot and dressed in camouflage when he was delivered to the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, now faces what Boggs called, “a smorgasbord,” of charges.

They include probation violation and drug possession charges out of Georgia as well as assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, grand larceny, breaking and entering, burglary and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

As of Tuesday, Hughes was lodged at the SCRCF with no bond.

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