Thursday, October 13, 2005

Authorities nab creeper suspect in Marianna area

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The man Germantown, Tenn., police believe is the “Hacks Cross Creeper” was arrested last week at his Marshall County residence.

Willie A. Price, 30, of 76 Pegues Road, in the Marianna community, was charged with two counts of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated burglary, according to Germantown authorities.

According to reports, the FBI, using its Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), linked DNA from a bite on a rape victim to Price. That assault occurred March 8, 2003, east of Hacks Cross near Germantown. The FBI had a DNA sample from Price as part of a separate investigation, police said. The match led to his arrest on the rape and burglary charges.

Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said he was contacted mid-afternoon Wednesday, Oct. 5, by investigators with the Germantown Police Department regarding the address of the suspect. Dickerson confirmed the address.

“They advised me they had outstanding warrants for the arrest of Price on burglary and rape charges,” Dickerson said. “I told them to come with their warrants to the sheriff’s office, and we would assist them any way we could in the arrest.”

He said Germantown police believe Price to be involved in some 30 burglary cases in that area since September 2002. Dickerson said authorities in other locations, like Lee and Union counties, also want to question Price about crimes.

Dickerson said five officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and four from Germantown arrived at Price’s residence about 4:30 p.m. October 5 and took him into custody without incident.

“He was debriefed shortly after his arrival at the Marshall County Jail and placed in a cell,” the sheriff said.

Thursday morning at 10 a.m., Price appeared before Justice Court Judge Eugene Brown for the purpose of an extradition proceeding.

“Price had executed a voluntary waiver regarding being transported back to the State of Tennessee,” Dickerson said.

Moments after the hearing he was released to the custody of Germantown officers and transported to that city in an unmarked patrol car for additional processing and debriefing, the sheriff said.

Marshall County court records show an indictment of Price in September 1999 on two counts of burglary of a dwelling that occurred in June and July of that year. He was arrested and arraigned in October 1999 on the charges and later released on $5,000 bond, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.

After failing to appear in court, in October 2001 a judgment was served to the bonding company ordering Price to be in court in February 2002 on the 1999 burglary charges, she said. A public defender had been appointed to represent him, and on Feb. 19, 2002, he was again released from court on a $5,000 bond, according to Carpenter.

Further records show he pled guilty to the burglary charges in February 2004 and was sentenced to 10 years reduced to time served (court documents show he was in jail from July 20, 1999, to July 23, 1999, and from December 10, 2001, to February 19, 2002). He was also sentenced to two years post release supervision in February 2004, which was terminated three months later, in May 2004, according to court records.

His address on the post release supervision order was listed as 405 South Waterford Street, Bolivar, Tenn.

Dickerson also said his department had information that Price had stayed at a location on Cayce Road in Marshall County. Another court document showed an address of 25 Virginia Avenue, Byhalia.

“We will be looking into the possibility, too, of any more criminal activity he might have been involved in here,” the sheriff said.

Price was being held on a $500,000 bond after an initial appearance in Germantown Municipal Court Thursday evening.


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