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July 3, 2012

Frankston man featured on 'America's Most Wanted' arrested

FRANKSTON — A 56-year-old Anderson County man who has been secretly residing south of Frankston under an alias was arrested Sunday morning in connection with multiple robberies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Brian Maurice Fuller, 56, who has been living in the Frankston area for approximately two years, was taken into custody by authorities Sunday morning at a residence near Pine Dunes Golf Club, south of Frankston, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

Fuller’s arrest came nine days after the man had been featured on the popular Fox television show, “America’s Most Wanted.”

The sheriff said members of the U.S. marshal’s office, along with Anderson County sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Wilbanks and Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Curtis Bitz, went to Fuller’s residence at 1591 CR 319 near Pine Dunes Golf Club around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Taylor said Fuller has been living in Anderson County using the alias Michael Scott Kelly. Authorities have said he was able to obtain a Texas driver’s license under that name.

The sheriff was uncertain how long the robbery suspect had been residing here and whether he was working.  

“They arrested him around 10 a.m., sitting on the back porch of the residence and with no resistance,” Taylor said.

Fuller’s profile on “America’s Most Wanted” web site described him as a one-time aspiring professional tennis player with a sharp eye for antiques and collectibles. He also had a flair for home decorating and was an accomplished piano player, according to the site.

Somewhere along the way, however, law enforcement authorities say his taste for the finer things went awry as evidenced by their allegations he committed multiple robberies in Dallas County and another in Wichita Falls.

Authorities say they believe Fuller targeted affluent females in his robberies, beating them in at least some of the cases. During one of the offenses, authorities allege he violently stole a woman’s $90,000 wedding ring in the parking lot of a Dallas grocery store.

“Apparently, he’s been on the lam a couple of years,” Taylor said. “I don’t know how long he’s been living in our county...He was hiding in plain sight and doing a good job of it. I don’t think we’ve had any contact with him criminally.”

Anderson County Jail records showed Fuller faces at least four charges in Dallas County, including aggravated robbery causing serious bodily injury; aggravated robbery of an elderly person; robbery; and flight to avoid prosecution.

Fuller was arrested in Dallas County in January 2010 for one of the robberies, but mistakenly released on a $50,000 bond when his bond was actually $500,000, according to an Associated Press story.

Fuller will be held in the Anderson County Jail until he is extradited to Dallas County to face his charges there.

Representatives of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office have “up to 10 days” to come pick up Fuller, according to the sheriff.

Although Fuller had escaped the arm of the law for some time, the sheriff said a person’s criminal past will eventually catch up to them.

“Crime doesn’t pay,” Taylor said. “You might hide out for a little while, but, sooner or later, you’re going to get caught.”

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com



 

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