NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – One of the state's most wanted fugitives has been captured.
Stephen Eugene Beck, 40, was captured in Wilmington, North Carolina, according a release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Beck was added to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive list after he failed to report to court in Wilson County on July 25, 2011.
In August of 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. He was out on $150,000 bond in Wilson County and a $1 million dollar bond in Rutherford County.
Law enforcement from several agencies including the TBI, U.S. Marshal Service, and deputies from Wilson and Rutherford counties have searched for more than two and a half years to find Beck.
In February 2014, TBI developed information that Beck had been living in the Johnson City, Tennessee area.
Eventually, it was learned that Beck moved to Wilmington, North Carolina last June. They also say Beck was living under a stolen identity. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals Service personnel. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized from the apartment subsequent to Beck’s arrest.
He is awaiting extradition back to Tennessee.