An escaped murder suspect was caught last Friday after authorities tracked his activity on Facebook and other online sites, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Stewart Creekmore, 25, was arrested in Green Bay, WI, after being on the run since his October 7 escape from the Montgomery County Jail in Kentucky some 600 miles away.
Creekmore was charged with murder, fetal homicide, and first-degree assault after running a red light and crashing into an oncoming car, killing the driver, Henry Bush, 53, a father of four. Creekmore’s girlfriend, who was 6 months pregnant and a passenger in his car, later lost her child. Police say that Creekmore was on drugs at the time of the incident and now faces the additional charge of escape.
Officials believe Creekmore was able to escape his initial jailing by using a low hanging cable to pull himself over a chainlink fence. With the help of the U.S. Marshals, police began tracking Creekmore’s location using IP addresses from his login sessions on Facebook and Myspace, eventually pinpointing his location to a residence in Green Bay.
“The U.S. Marshals then contacted the Green Bay, Wis., police and captured him at a residence there that he had been staying at,” said Sheriff’s Detective Ralph Charles. While Creekmore had been steadily on the run, he apparently had not considered is online activity to be traceable by police. When authorities showed moved in to arrest Creekmore, the suspect made another attempt to flee on foot before U.S. Marshalls captured him.
Betty Stull, Bush’s sister, says she’s grateful for Creekmore’s capture so that he can face proper justice. “Our life will never be the same. It’s a wreck that shouldn’t have happened.” Creekmore’s extradition from Wisconsin back to Mt. Sterling, KY is expected sometime next week.