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Bryan County fugitive found in New York
Ellabell man faces charges for January stabbing, theft
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SAVANNAH — An Ellabell man wanted for aggravated assault and theft by taking by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department was arrested Thursday in Albany, N.Y.

Henry Gaines, 27, was taken in by U.S. marshals on the charges from two incidents that happened in January in Ellabell. Gaines went on the run at that time and his whereabouts were unknown.   

According to a Bryan County News report from January, Gaines allegedly attacked a Pembroke resident Rodney Mutcherson with a butcher’s knife and later stole a car from an Ellabell woman.

The stabbing occurred Jan. 26 as a result of an argument over a basketball game at the courts near McFadden Street in Pembroke, according to Pembroke Police.

Mutcherson, a 2010 graduate of Bryan County High School who was to be entering the military, reportedly needed nearly 100 stitches to close his wounds and may need surgery. He was standing up for his younger brother when the attack occurred, police said.

Meanwhile, Gaines left in a dark-colored vehicle and was able to elude authorities from a number of agencies.  Four days later, Gaines reportedly drove away with a silver 1994 Toyota Celica from a Garland Street address, where the car was running after the owner started the engine to let the car warm up while she went back inside her home, according to the BCSD.

The case was referred to the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend Gaines. 

Of the several addresses provided by the Savannah Task Force, the New York /Neew Jersey Task Force found Gaines hiding under a bed in his cousin’s home.  Gaines was arrested without incident and taken to a local jail to await extradition back to Bryan County.  

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