A convicted fugitive is behind bars and authorities are thanking NewsChannel 11 viewers. U.S. Marshal Ronnie O'Neal said, "We give the media a pat on the back for putting the info out there that generated the public interest to call in and give us tips." Those tips led authorities to a home at 23rd and Fulton where they arrested Tabrodrick Craddock around ten o'clock Tuesday morning.
As NewsChannel 11 told you last night, Craddock had completed jail time on state charges and was supposed to start serving a federal jail sentence for weapons charges but was accidentally released from a Huntsville prison.
NewsChannel 11 was at the federal building when Craddock's family showed up begging to get a glimpse of him.
Tabrodrick Deshaun Craddock is known to his family as just Deshaun. On Monday night, their nightmare began when they saw their son's face across the news saying he was an armed and dangerous fugitive on the loose. The family had no idea Deshaun was even let out of prison.
Craddock's family showed up to the federal courthouse just minutes after he was lead into jail by U.S. Marshals. "They said he was armed and dangerous, he's not a dangerous person, he was raised in church." Craddock's grandma, mom and sister were pleading to see Deshaun because they were confused about what was going on. They never knew he was out of prison, and learned by watching NewsChannel 11 that he was a wanted fugitive. "His mama hasn't seen him in a year. And his brother and sister haven't seen him. All I want to do is look him in the eyes and let him know I love him."
Deshaun has spent the last two years in state prison, and now he will spend another five years in federal prison. His family says even though they can't see him now, he will always be in their thoughts. His mother, Elayne Thomas says, "Deshaun we love you and we will continue to pray for you."
Craddock is in the Lubbock County Jail but will be transferred to a federal prison within days. It's still not known if any new charges will be filed against Craddock or those with him when he was arrested.
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