Two men — one a convicted child molester from Long County and another charged with attempted murder — recently were captured, according to Long County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tom Sollosi.
Ricky Onan Faircloth, who was convicted of three counts of child molestation in Long County, was captured Nov. 21 in Junction City, Kan. Sollosi said Faircloth was convicted in 2003. Arrest and probation warrants were filed for Faircloth after he did not register as a sex offender and fled Georgia.
Sollosi said that LCSO sex-offender supervisor Sgt. Mark Hall recently contacted federal authorities in an effort to locate Faircloth. The fugitive’s trail led to Alabama, but when authorities got close, he fled again — this time to Kansas. The man set up a new residence in Geary County, Kan., under the false name of Carl Adams, Sollosi said.
Last week, federal and local officers surrounded the home where Faircloth was living and arrested him. The fugitive also was in possession of a rifle and now faces additional weapons charges in Kansas. Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles said Faircloth will be returned to Long County as soon as possible to face prosecution for his prior charges.
Sollosi also reported that the LCSO assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Office in apprehending a man who was charged with attempted murder in Albany, N.Y. The detective said his office, along with the federal authorities, apprehended Ryan O’Neil Gunn on Nov. 20 in Long County. Gunn was living at a residence in the Crawford subdivision, Sollosi said. The suspect was taken into custody without an incident and will be extradited to New York.
Nobles said both apprehensions were possible thanks to help from the U.S. Marshal’s Office.