Manhunt for Tennessee man accused of sexually assaulting 16-month-old boy ends as cops arrest him in Alabama
33-year-old Simon Dean Porter was captured while walking on Highway 79 in Scottsboro, Alabama, and is now in police custody
A man from Lawrence County, Tennessee, wanted for allegedly raping a 16-month-old boy earlier this month, has been arrested after he was put on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's (TBI) Top Ten Most Wanted List this past Thursday, November 15.
According to The Mirror, 33-year-old Simon Dean Porter was wanted for the aggravated rape of a child after he sexually assaulted the toddler on November 10. As authorities began hunting him down, he is said to have told his wife he was scared of being arrested and made a run for it.
TOP TEN ALERT: The suspect in the rape of a young child in Lawrenceburg has been added to our Top Ten Most Wanted list.— TBI (@TBInvestigation) 15 November 2018
Simon Porter may be driving a green Chevy S-10 pick-up, with Tennessee tag 3G2-6Z9.
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Police were first informed about the rape after they were called to the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where the victim was being treated for his injuries. Lieutenant Blake Grooms of Lawrenceburg Police said that the boy was hurt "to the point of permanent damage for the rest of his life" and Porter was subsequently named a suspect in the assault.
Speaking out about the 33-year-old's attempts to escape, Grooms said, "According to his wife, he took off and did not tell her where he was going. The last thing he told her [was] he was scared he was about to be arrested."
The TBI had released several images of Porter in the hope that local residents could identify him and tip off authorities since he was a resident of Lawrenceburg who reportedly had connections in Giles County and White House in Tennessee and also in North Alabama.
Investigators also released a description of the 33-year-old which had him at 5'9'', weighing 260 pounds and having hazel eyes and red hair. He was believed to be driving a green 1997 Chevrolet S10 pickup with a red tailgate, with Tennessee license plate 3G2 6Z9. A $3,500 reward was offered for information on his whereabouts.
UPDATE: Simon Porter is now in custody. He was located and arrested by authorities in Scottsboro, Alabama.— TBI (@TBInvestigation) 18 November 2018
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At the time, Porter's mother claimed that her son was innocent and appealed to him through the media to turn himself in. "Son please bring yourself in," she said. "I love you so much son, I don't want you to get hurt. I don't want nothing to happen to you. Do the right thing, you know you didn't do this, please bring yourself in, prove to them you are innocent."
The 33-year-old was captured while walking on Highway 79 in Scottsboro, Alabama, this Sunday, November 18, after authorities allegedly received a community tip. Speaking to WKRN, Pathik Patel said he was the one who gave his phone to the woman who called 911 on Porter.
"She was going down the mountain first and she said she saw him, and it looked like him so she came back up the mountain and said 'That looks exactly like him. Red hair and glasses. Kind of short.' so I said 'Well, let's call the cops'," he said.
Porter is currently in custody and will be transferred to Tennessee to face charges. The victim is still said to be receiving treatment at a hospital.