Blount County fugitive arrested in Friendsville

A Blount County man was arrested in Friendsville on Tuesday for an outstanding federal warrant.
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 11:41 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -A Blount County fugitive was arrested Tuesday, April 20 in Friendsville.

According to the Deputy U.S. Marshals and Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force, on Monday around 11:00 a.m., officers approached a house on the 4000 block of Big Springs Ridge Road in Friendsville, Tenn. searching for 35-year-old Thomas J. Hunt Jr. of Blount County.

Hunt was wanted on an outstanding federal warrant for Violation of Supervised Release. Deputy U.S. Marshals said Hunt was on supervised release after being sentenced on Nov. 29, 2006, to 135 months imprisonment and five years supervised release for Armed Bank Robbery and Brandishing a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence.

Upon arrival, officers received information that Hunt was inside and called Hunt to come out. Officers said Hunt refused and instead hid further inside the dwelling. The Blount County SWAT team was dispatched to the scene and was able to safely locate and apprehend Hunt at the residence without further incidents.

The Deputy U.S. Marshals reported Hunt was transported to the Blount County Jail to await his initial appearance.

“Today is yet another reminder that the U.S. Marshals are tasked with locating and arresting some of the most dangerous fugitives out there. Together with our law enforcement partners, like the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, we strive to fulfill our mission with the safety of our officers and the community always in mind,” said David G. Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “We thank the Blount County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance today, and especially Sheriff Berrong for his excellent leadership.” He added.

Officers from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were also present as part of the U.S. Marshals’ Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force.

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