More Details On Perkins, Accomplice Arrest Released



By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Erin, Tenn.—More details on the apprehension of Paris Fugitive James Perkins Jr. in Houston County has been released, including that Houston County officials have also arrested another Paris man for trying to help Perkins evade law enforcement.


Perkins, age 29, was wanted by Paris Police on a variety of charges, including rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment and had made statements that he would not go to the police.


Following his arrest this morning, he is being held on new charges of felony evading, theft of property and aggravated burglary. He is being held in Houston County Jail on a total bond of $160,000, according to the dispatcher at the Houston Co. Sheriff’s Office. When he is adjudicated for the Houston County charges, he will be returned to Henry County and placed in jail.


Phillip Jackson, also of Paris, is charged in Houston County with accessory after the fact. A $5,000 bond was placed on him and he already has bonded out of jail.

Houston County Deputies received information around noon Sunday that Perkins was on Rocky Point Lane, and deputies also were informed that Jackson was with him. According to the press release, it was believed the subjects may be armed.


Deputies and the Erin Police went to the area to make contact with the men, at which time Jackson was detained and Perkins was able to get in a backhoe and drive from the scene. A chase ensued and Perkins ran on foot into the woods.


At that point, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol brought K9 units and a chopper to the scene to assist. Perkins was not found Sunday, but another call came into the Houston County Sheriff’s Office this morning, saying that Perkins was in the Danville boat dock area.


According to the press release, Perkins was taken into custody without incident. Additional charges may be filed.