Wilson County’s most wanted fugitive is now in custody.
Ricky H. Neal, 53, of Lebanon, turned himself in Friday after appearing in The Democrat’s first “Most Wanted This Week” segment.
“That’s the way it’s supposed to work,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan.
Neal, who was last seen in 2011, faces a charge of failure to register as a sex offender.
“They’re on that [sex offender] registry for a reason,” said Bryan. “If they’re not wanting to follow the guidelines on that, they need to be up here with me – in jail.”
According to Lt. Bob Harrison, tips started rolling in immediately after Neal was first featured in The Democrat’s new “Most Wanted This Week” segment Thursday.
“At about 8:30 a.m. [Thursday], we got a tip, and then we received two more tips – we got three tips total,” said Harrison. “We were out doing follow ups on all those, and he got word of it and turned himself in.”
The sheriff’s office will release its latest most wanted fugitive Tuesday.
“We probably have several that are most wanted,” said Bryan. “The way we look at that is the most dangerous to society, we’re going to actively go after them.”
Bryan and Harrison both credited the “Most Wanted This Week” segment in large part for Neal’s arrest.
“I appreciate any help we get on our fugitives,” said Harrison. “And in this particular case, by getting it out into the media, we were getting tips almost immediately.”
“We just started [running the segment] this week, but this one on Neal just shows the success of it already,” said Bryan.
Neal remained in Wilson County Jail on Friday on $7,500 bond.