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2014-10-09

Medina residents can relax; Fugitive in Kerr County can

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Medina residents can breathe a sigh of relief. Fugitive Edward Levi Adamson, 47, was arrested the morning of Thursday, Oct. 2, in Kerr County, according to information from the Kerr County Sheriff's Office.
Earlier that day, a Kerr County resident had called 9-1-1 after observing a suspicious person at a residence on Robertson Road off Highway 16 South in Kerrville. According to law enforcement reports, Adamson and a companion were observed crawling under a house on the property. While keeping a sharp eye out for the couple, the homeowner called law enforcement.
After arriving on the scene, KCSO deputies searched for the fugitive, and eventually both Adamson and his female companion came out from their hiding place under the house. After a short foot chase, KCSO Deputy Carl Arredondo apprehended and arrested the fugitive on an outstanding warrant for parole violation without incident. Adamson is being held in the Kerr County Jail without bail.
Adamson is suspected of committing several felony offenses in Kerr, Kimble, Bandera and Llano counties. Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer expects charges from the various counties to be leveled against Adamson over the next several days.
Officers from each of these county law enforcement agencies, as well as members of the Texas Rangers and troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, assisted in the manhunt.
According to Bandera County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matt King, prior to Adamson's capture, King, along with Sheriff Dan Butts and Investigators Danny Sanchez and Jeff Majewski, were attending a conference in Kerr County devising strategy for apprehending the fugitive.
"I am very proud of the work that all of the agencies did on this investigation. They worked with one goal in mind - getting Mr. Adamson in custody without any other citizens or officers being injured," Hierholzer said.
"There are still months of work that will have to be conducted to close out these other felonies and thefts," he added.
Medina residents have been on the lookout for Adamson after he had been rumored to be in the area since the end of September. On Sept. 26, he allegedly committed a violent home invasion in Llano during which credit cards and a Jeep were reported stolen. Adamson apparently attempted to use one of the stolen credit cards to purchase gas at a Valero Corner Store in Burnet. The stolen credit card was denied twice at the store.
Adamson also allegedly committed a burglary on a ranch in Medina on Monday, Sept. 29, at which time a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer was stolen. The ranch was located north of Medina on FM 2107 near Highway 16. Again, a surveillance video at the Valero Corner Store in Burnet purportedly showed Adamson driving the stolen Chevrolet Blazer and getting gas.
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, officers with the Kerrville Police Department recovered the stolen Blazer at Nimitz Elementary School in Kerrville. The vehicle was unoccupied.
After Adamson's arrest, deputies with the Bandera County Sheriff's Office recovered the 2014 Silver Jeep Compass allegedly stolen from Llano County. The vehicle had been abandoned off Adam's Road north of FM 2107. Its discovery came as a result of information obtained after Adamson's arrest.
In fact, King said KCSO deputies had driven Adamson around Bandera County and he pointed out not only the Jeep's location, but also sites of other crimes he had allegedly committed while on the lam.
"Adamson readily admitted to burglarizing a hunting cabin and a couple of trailers in an RV park north of Medina as well as several homes in the Pipe Creek area," King said.
"Everyone in the sheriff's department is glad Adamson was finally apprehended and not out there bothering law-abiding citizens. He was clearly out of control and needed to be arrested."