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Wanted man captured in Albany


Willie James Bush, the subject of numerous lookouts and warrants, was captured about 11:30 today on Florence Drive by a multiple-agency task force.

The 37-year-old Bush was surrounded by the GSP, ADDU, U.S. Marshals, DCP, and Parole officers, and gave up without incident. 

ADDU Chief Bill Berry said, "It worked. He never even got out of the house. We had him hemmed up in the house. He made an attempt [to run] but it was just too many officers."

Agents also found more than a quarter pound of marijuana and almost 3 grams of meth. Three other people were taken into custody to investigate the suspected drug operation that neighbors say was dealing in the middle of the street.

Neighbor Randy Swain said "Cars stopped in the middle of the street and people came out and wait on them. Bring what they want to them."

Neighbors said there was a drug operation going on at the house, and someone provided a tip to law enforcement about Bush. Officers had staked out the house for multiple days, and three other people were taken out of the house by authorities, in addition to Bush. 

Shirley Swain said "They kept this road hot, every weekend."

The three other people in the house, Santiago Bush, Willie's brother, Heather Stowe, and Charles Connell, were all arrested and charged with possesion of marijuana and meth with intent to distribute.

On September 13, the convicted felon led the GSP on a high speed chase and they issued a warrant for him.

Troopers say he led them on a high speed chase, then crashed a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox and ran away.

Bush is charged with Obstruction or Hindering Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing or attempting to elude, Reckless Driving, Driving on wrong side of road, Failure to maintain lane, Driving on suspended license, No seatbelt, Failure to Stop for Red Light (four), and Possession of Firearm by a convicted felon.

Officials say they followed Bush after he made a u-turn to avoid a safety check for child occupancy. ADDU Major Bill Berry said, "Yes, we did not want to get into another chase and jeopardize the citizens and our officers and even the person we're chasing."

Troopers later stopped him, but say he drove off while they were checking his identification.

He then led GSP on a high speed chase before Troopers were able to perform a pit maneuver on his vehicle. In the process officials say Bush clipped a light pole which caused wires to land on one cruiser.

Bush then bailed out of the Equinox from a rear window, and ran away. The trooper who was driving that patrol car that was damaged was not injured

The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau was already looking for Bush, who lives at 1207 Stephens Lane in Albany, and is unemployed.

The charges against Bush stem from an altercation where he fought with Natasha Monique White, who APD says is his ex-girlfriend.

White was injured and she, her children and her sister, Tonya White, where all threatened by Bush. He faces charges of: Terroristic Threats and Acts, Battery, and Theft by Taking.


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