One of Lee County’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Finally Behind Bars
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette from Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator
After more than a year of eluding law enforcement officers, one of Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted fugitives is now behind bars.
Michael White was taken into custody early this afternoon by US Marshals in Richmond, Virginia after a lengthy and relentless investigation. The US Marshals Fugitive Warrants Task Force in Lee County adopted White’s case in May 2016 after he failed to show up in court on drug dealing charges. At that time, he was added to Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted list. White was on the cusp of being sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of state probation when he went on the lam. In the months that followed, Marshals followed up on a series of leads and spent countless hours tracking him down. After fleeing Fort Myers, they believe he started using the alias of James Williams. White is believed to have spent time in Biloxi, Mississippi. His travels to avoid arrest then led him to Richmond, Virginia, where he was seeking medical treatment. This morning, detectives with our local US Marshals Task Force tracked White down to a medical center in Richmond and immediately contacted their counterparts at the Capital Area Regional Task Force, who immediately went to the specified location and took White into custody. He is currently in the process of being booked in Virginia and will be extradited back to Lee County in the near future.
White has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1992 for charges that include aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, grand theft auto, robbery, burglary, fleeing and eluding officers at a high rate of speed, as well as drug and weapons related offenses. In addition to his local jail time, White has also served three stints in state prison for a total of approximately 11 years.
“Because some time had passed, and he was using an alias, Mr. White probably thought that he was no longer on law enforcement’s radar – and that couldn’t be further from the truth. All this time, detectives have had him front and center and have worked diligently and aggressively to finally take him into custody,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Today’s arrest of Michael White proves the tenacity of the US Marshals Fugitive Warrants Task Force and the old adage that you can run, but you can’t hide forever. Mr. White’s run is now over.”