The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday morning that Wendell Adrian Brown Jr. of Cumberland County, one of the TBI's Top Ten Most Wanted, has been apprehended in North Carolina after the bureau received an anonymous tip.

Brown, 23, had eluded local officials for weeks and most recently escaped on foot Thursday when Cumberland County sheriff's deputies approached a residence in the Crab Orchard area where he was believed to be staying. Deputies did recover Brown's one-year-old son safely. The son had been the subject of a TBI Endangered Child special bulletin earlier in the week.

The TBI contacted the Gaston County Sheriff's Department and the Dallas Police Department to assist in the arrest. Brown was at the home of a family member hiding in the attic. Officers also located a methamphetamine lab in the residence and a clean-up crew was called to the scene.

Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess said Tuesday that authorities in North Carolina not only found Brown at the residence, but Brown's girlfriend, mother, sister, brother and other relatives. Burgess said that in addition to Cumberland County charges, Wendell Brown faces charges in Alabama and North Carolina. Burgess said he was waiting for information from North Carolina authorities on whether other family members will be charged with harboring a fugitive and in connection with the meth lab that was seized.

Brown is wanted in Cumberland County for domestic assault, aggravated child abuse/neglect, reckless driving, vandalism of government property, evading arrest, criminal impersonation, assault with a vehicle, assault on an officer and obedience to a police officer. Many of those charges stem from a high-speed chase Brown allegedly led police on. Officers said Brown fled police with his one-year-old son in the vehicle with him.

Brown is also wanted for violating his probation in North Carolina. He is being held in the Gaston County, NC, jail while authorities in three states line up to take turns having him in custody in their respective jurisdictions.

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