An Arkansas man suspected of killing his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son before going on the run for more than a year, was apprehended at a California motel.
Jory Worthen—who was placed on U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list in July—was found Monday living under an alias at a Burbank motel, authorities said.
“When they confronted Worthen at the motel, he did give them a brief foot chase and at one point even climbed on the roofs of some houses,” Camden Police Chief Boyd M. Woody said in a press conference announcing the arrest.
Worthen is now facing two counts of capital murder for allegedly killing his girlfriend, 20-year-old Alyssa Cannon, and her 4-year-old son Braydon Ponder in Cannon’s Camden home on June 22, 2019.
After the killings, Worthen fled the scene in Cannon’s vehicle, according to a release from the U.S. Marshals. The car was later found abandoned in a parking lot in Seattle, Washington, but there was no sign of Worthen.
Woody said authorities received information that led U.S. Marshals to the Burbank motel this week, ending a more than year-long search for the 25-year-old.
“This has been a long 16 months,” Woody said, adding that the investigation has been one of “our highest priority cases.”
Worthen had been living in the area under the alias “Ronald Kleigler” for about five months, he said.
Authorities recovered several items from Worthen’s motel room, including a cell phone, which could provide some clues about Worthen’s activities in the months since he first disappeared.
Woody said that after authorities issued a warrant for Worthen’s arrest on June 25, 2019, investigators received countless tips of possible sightings across the United States. The case was also featured on the television show “In Pursuit With John Walsh” and Worthen was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list in late July.
Some information even suggested that Worthen might be dead, but Woody said the police department was determined to keep the case active.
“We just never wanted to give up here until we had him physically,” he said.
Woody said Worthen is being held at the Los Angeles County Jail until he can be extradited back to Arkansas.
Montez Charles-Xavier Woods, 23, was also charged with hindering apprehension in the case after admitting to meeting Worthen four days after the murders and giving him $400, according to the Magnolia Reporter.
He received a five-year suspended sentence for his role in January.
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