US Marshals nab High Springs fugitive in Louisiana

John Kyle Culp

A New Orleans-based U.S. Marshals Task Force located and arrested John Culp in Louisiana following a manhunt that started in High Springs on Saturday.

According to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) release sent on Thursday, ACSO warrants investigators assigned to the U.S. Marshal Florida Fugitive Task Force found information that Culp was in Hammond, Louisiana. The team coordinated with the New Orleans task force, who located and arrested Culp.

The search for Culp started on Saturday night when two High Springs Police Department (HSPD) officers responded to a call from a citizen about a subject who appeared impaired and was soliciting or making comments about drugs, HSPD Chief Antoine Sheppard said in a phone interview with Mainstreet Day News.

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When officers approached the suspect, Culp managed to get into his vehicle, hit one of the officers with his car door, and drove away. Culp crashed his vehicle a short time later and then fled on foot. Multiple law enforcement agencies searched for him using K-9 and aviation units but were unable to find him.

Culp will be extradited back to Alachua County where he faces charges that include aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer (LEO), possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, aggravated fleeing/eluding and resisting arrest with violence.

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