Fugitive captured in Newport News after lockdown at nearby elementary school

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John Edward Thacker

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Newport News Police captured the wanted fugitive who was spotted and fled from police Friday afternoon.

The fugitive, John Thacker, was found near the interstate in some bushes and was taken into custody. He was wanted on multiple felony warrants from multiple jurisdictions.

A NNPD Fugitive Unit spotted Thacker in the 600 block of Windbrook Circle in the Kiln Creek area just before noon.

When authorities attempted to speak to him, he fled.

A perimeter was set up in the area and Newport News Police, along with Virginia State Police, spent several hours searching for Thacker.

As a result of the search, Kiln Creek Elementary was on a lockdown until they were released at 2:55 p.m.

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Location of fugitive search