By Tamas Mondovics
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced the capture of one latest top 10 most wanted last week. According to TBI Robert “Bobby” Fletcher, 57, of Mountain City TN, was wanted for aggravated rape and other charges and arrested by authorities in Avery County, North Carolina. Fletcher was added to the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list on Tuesday, August 7, but it took only a couple of days before law enforcement officials caught up with him in North Carolina.
Fletcher had a number of charges and has outstanding warrants for his arrest including cockfighting, according to information from the TBI released last Wednesday. Fletcher now faces an additional charge of possession of a potentially vicious dog by a convicted felon and numerous drug violations.
During his arrest, the most serious charges against Fletcher were two counts of aggravated rape. TBI urged residents to considered Fletcher dangerous. According to TBI agents a $2,500 reward was also offered for information to lead to Fletcher’s capture. Individuals on TBI’s Most Wanted list should all be considered armed and dangerous, and should only be approached with extreme caution, the agency said. Current charges of the top 10 suspects include first-degree (murder) homicide (4), Rape (4), assault and robbery (1) and kidnapping and assault (1).
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was born as a result of a highly publicized murder in Greene County in December of 1949. The heinous crime aroused the emotions of citizens throughout the region. In an address to the Tennessee Press Association in January of 1951, John M. Jones, Sr., publisher of the Greeneville Sun, called for the creation of an unbiased state agency to assist local law enforcement in the investigation of serious crimes.
Since that time, the Bureau has grown significantly, and continues to meet the demands of providing up-to-date investigative, forensic science, and support to Tennessee’s entire criminal justice system. To date, 412 fugitives have been apprehended since the inception of the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted program.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call their local law enforcement agency or 1-800-824-3463.