According to police, officers responded to a burglary in progress call at a residence in the 300 block of Thomas Street on Thursday evening. The officers determined the alleged burglars were still inside when they arrived and a perimeter was set up around the house. Due to the possibility of weapons being involved, the DPD's Special Response Team was activated. The team, which is a composed of officers who have been trained in SWAT tactics, eventually made their way inside the house and took four suspects into custody.
The suspects: Timothy Rucker, 21, 1821 Whitney Young Avenue, Dyersburg, Tenn.; Trevian Reed, 20, 1604 Reed St., Dyersburg, Tenn.; Javarius Mann, 24, 1011 Fair St., Dyersburg, Tenn., and James Simonton, 23, 718 Lenox Ave., Apt. #2, Waukegan, Ill., were all taken onto custody and handcuffed.
As the suspects were waiting to be taken to the Dyer County Jail, Rucker bolted from the scene with handcuffs still on him. He is still at large and police are asking for anyone that knows his whereabouts to contact them. Rucker, whose street name is "Lil' Tim", is described as 6'2" tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing black coveralls at the time of his escape.
Rucker was out of prison on parole for aggravated assault from an incident that occurred in Future City in 2008, when he reportedly shot a Dyersburg man during a drug deal. Rucker, who was 17-years-old at the time, was tried as an adult for attempted first-degree premeditated murder and eventually sentenced for aggravated assault. Prior to the shooting in 2008, Rucker had been charged with eight thefts, an assault, an aggravated assault, at least four felonies and a smattering of misdemeanors, including resisting arrest and five counts of violating his house arrest in the last few years.
The suspects are all charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism. Once he is captured, Rucker is facing an additional charge of escape. The remaining suspects appeared in Dyersburg City Court and received bonds.