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Kentucky fugitive caught in Indiana

From Wire and Staff Reports

GOSHEN, Ind.-- The second escapee from the Hopkins County Jail in Kentucky has been captured.

Chadrick E. Fulks, 25, was caught shortly after noon Wednesday in Elkhart County, Ind., FBI agent Tom VanWormer said. He is being held at the Elkart County Jail in Goshen, Ind.

Fulks was arrested after he came out of his brother's house in this northern Indiana city and a short chase on foot.

Tuesday, Senior Trooper Jay Powers, media spokesman for the West Virginia State Police, said police are trying to eliminate or confirm that Fulks and fellow escapee, Branden L. Basham, 21, who escaped Nov. 4, are involved in the disappearance of a Marshall University student.

Samantha Burns, 19, last contacted her mother on her cellular phone Nov.11, saying she was on her way home from University Courtyard Apartments in Huntington, W.Va. to her home in West Hamlin, W.Va. Her 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier was found in flames early Tuesday morning in Wayne County, W.Va.

Hundreds of volunteers and West Virginia law enforcement officials have searched the area, but have found no sign of Burns.

Burns has brown hair and hazel eyes, is 5'4" tall, and weighs 110 pounds. Family and friends have offered a $35,000 reward.

Fulks and Basham are being interviewed by FBI agents, Trooper M.E. Muncy of the West Virginia State Police said. However, no details of the interviews can be released because of the ongoing investigation, he said.

Ohio Highway Patrol troopers believed they spotted Fulks late Monday sleeping in a blue BMW parked in a rest area in Marion County. The man sped off when the trooper ordered him out of the car and nearly ran over another officer.

''Our trooper did not see anyone else in the car but we don't know if there were possible victims or abductees inside the trunk,'' said patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis.

Basham was captured in Ashland, Ky., after Basham allegedly fired shots at an Ashland Police officer at the Ashland Town Center. Police arrived after they received a call that a white male was attempting to steal an automobile from a woman and her 15-year-old daughter.

Basham was being held in lieu of $2 million bail on charges of attempted robbery, criminal attempt to commit murder on an officer and fleeing or eluding a police officer. At the time of the escape, he was serving a five-year sentence for writing a bad check. He had broken out of the same jail in February but was quickly caught, authorities said. Fulks was awaiting trial on robbery charges when the two escaped.

It wasn't immediately clear if authorities were any closer to finding another missing woman, Alice Donovan, VanWormer said. Authorities believe she was kidnapped last week from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Conway, S.C., by Fulks and Basham. Donovan was the owner of a blue 1994 BMW 318i.

In the alleged abduction of James Hawkins, 42, of Hanson, Ky., the two suspects allegedly drove the man to Evansville, Ind. and left him tied to a tree. The victim managed to free himself and notify authorities.

Della Burns, Samantha's grandmother, doubts that Fulks and Basham are involved in her granddaughter's disappearance. She also said she was impressed by the outpouring of community support the family has received.

"It's wonderful that so many have come out and helped," she said. "People from the community, everywhere."

"She's out there," she continued. "We just hope whoever has her will release her so she can come home."