U.S. Marshals searching for Henderson Co. fugitive


UPDATE — Richard Hopper was arrested Thursday afternoon at a campground on the Tennessee River in Decatur County, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. See the updated story here.

Original story:

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The U.S. Marshals Service and other local agencies are searching for a fugitive they believe is armed and dangerous.

richard-hopper-photo-1Richard Hopper is wanted by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department on a aggravated assault charge and by the U.S. Marshals on a federal probation violation charge, according to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Hopper reportedly has a violent criminal history.

Marshal were searching a wooded area on Poplar Springs Juno Road in Lexington as recently as Monday with the assistance of the Jackson Police Department Air Unit.

On Nov. 10, Marshals found a firearm and more than 100 round of ammunition hidden in a shack on Hopper’s family farm in Lexington, according to the release.

Anyone with information on Hopper is urged to call U.S. Marshals at 731-427-4661. A reward is offered for information that leads to an arrest, and all tips are confidential.

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