Wanted fugitive arrested
By Chris Edwards
TYLER COUNTY – The hunt for a man wanted on multiple charges ended last week when deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Allen Tidwell.
Tidwell, a 33 year-old man, was arrested on Tuesday without incident, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
Tidwell was the subject of a month-long manhunt, after being wanted on charges of burglary of a habitation and engaging in organized criminal activity. TCSO asked the public’s help in locating Tidwell and Crime Stoppers had offered a reward for any information as to his whereabouts.
Tidwell, who was believed to reside either in the Dam B area or in Jasper County, was arrested at a residence in the Brookeland area. Weatherford said that TCSO deputies had received information that he was possibly staying at a residence there. Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested him and transported him to the Tyler County Justice Center.
Weatherford said that during a search of Tidwell’s property during booking, deputies discovered a clear plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Tidwell is in custody and his bonds were set by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford, totalling $200K.
His charges include engaging in organized criminal activity; burglary of a habitation and possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility.
Tidwell is also a convicted rapist. He is listed as a lifetime-required registrant on the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry stemming from a 2011 conviction.
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