Bertie fugitive caught in Maine

Published 9:24 am Thursday, May 11, 2023

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AUBURN, ME – A Bertie County man wanted for two separate crimes last year has been taken into custody in Auburn, Maine.

Bertie County Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin said that Decameron T. Chavis of Windsor was arrested on Tuesday by law enforcement officials in the the State of Maine and the Auburn Police Department.

Chavis was wanted by the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office for fleeing from this state to avoid prosecution.

According to Sheriff Ruffin, Chavis was charged in 2022 for discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling in the vicinity of Lewiston. He was arrested for that and satisfied his bond, but failed to appear in court.

Another report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office in August 2022 and additional charges of felony assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury, and assault on a female were obtained on Chavis.

Ruffin said his office received information earlier this week of Chavis’s location and worked cooperatively with the State of Maine and Auburn Police Department to take him into custody.

Chavis is currently awaiting extradition back to Bertie County.