Bo Dukes in custody after 5 days on the run

Published: Jan. 3, 2019 at 6:10 AM EST
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By: Action News Jax

January 8, 2019

OCILLA, Ga. (ANJ) -- The man at the center of a massive search was found late Saturday in South Georgia, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

“It was not the easiest fugitive investigation, but everyone worked around the clock until they got him,” John Edgar of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for the U.S. Marshals Service told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bo Dukes, 34, is one of two defendants in the Tara Grinstead murder case and was due to report to federal prison in a separate case. On New Year’s Day, he allegedly sexually assaulted two women at gunpoint in his Warner Robins home. Police charged Dukes with rape, aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment.

Investigators received various tips about Dukes' whereabouts and placed a relative’s home under surveillance cameras, Edgar said. Dukes was later spotted in Ben Hill County driving toward Ocilla, according to investigators.

Edgar said the various law enforcement agencies involved initially believed Dukes might surrender. When he did not, he was taken into custody at an Ocilla residence.

The sheriff’s offices in Irwin, Ben Hill and Wilcox counties, Ocilla Police, Warner Robins Police and the GBI assisted marshals with locating Dukes.

“As long as he’s in custody, people should be able to sleep at night,” Edgar said.

Grinstead, an Irwin County High School teacher, disappeared in October 2005 after attending a party. Despite a massive search, the former beauty queen was never found.

No arrests were made in the case until February 2017, when the GBI announced Ryan Alexander Duke had been charged with Grinstead’s murder. Days later, Dukes was arrested, accused of helping Duke conceal Grinstead’s body.

In a separate case, Dukes, who served in the U.S. Army, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in 2013 for a scheme to have Department of Defense property shipped to his home in Savannah. He was sentenced to federal prison and released in October 2015, but failed to pay $130,000 in restitution and complete 40 hours of community service required for his supervised release, according to court filings.

In November, Dukes was ordered back to federal prison to serve six months, and was to report within 45 days. On Thursday, his pretrial release was revoked.

Dukes was being held Saturday night at the Irwin County Jail. It was not immediately known where he would make his first court appearance.

“It’s going to be up to a judge to decide who gets him first,” Edgar said.

By: Associated Press

January 3, 2019

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) - A man charged in the killing of a Georgia teacher who disappeared 14 years ago is now accused in a separate rape and kidnapping case.

News outlets report Warner Robins Police are seeking 34-year-old Bo Dukes on charges including rape in a Tuesday attack. Police say detectives believe Dukes threatened two women with a gun and other violence and forced them to his home, where he raped them and held them against their will.

Dukes was charged in 2017 with helping dispose of the body of one-time beauty queen Tara Grinstead. Grinstead vanished from her home in the southwest Georgia town of Ocilla in 2005.

Another man, 33-year-old Ryan Alexander Duke, was indicted on charges including murder in her death.

In November, a federal judge ordered Dukes back to prison after he failed to keep up with restitution payments and community service work.

Melissa Hodges with the U.S. Attorney's office confirmed that Dukes was sentenced to 6 months by the judge, but she could not confirm a report date. Hodges says the Bureau of Prisons sets that date and not the U.S. Attorney's office. Hodges says based on the Bureau of Prisons' website, Dukes has not yet reported to prison.

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