Oct. 16–A Natrona County sheriff’s deputy arrested a federal fugitive Monday east of Casper.
Federal authorities thought Stuart Harwood, 48, was armed when they sought him for a probation revocation. As a result, the county called on its special response team, which is equipped with heavier armament than deputies typically carry.
A tip to authorities said Harwood was hiding in a house near the Lazy 8 Saloon, along Wyoming Highway 20 about 10 miles east of Casper.
After checking a series of houses near the bar, deputies were unable to find Harwood and — after responding to a rear-end collision caused by a driver gawking at deputies — cleared the area.
While driving back to Casper, a deputy spotted Harwood shortly before 5 p.m. near an oilfield services building and arrested him. Harwood was unarmed at the time of his arrest, Sheriff Gus Holbrook said.
Harwood was convicted of a single count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and an additional count of being a felon in possession of ammunition in 2011, according to federal court documents.
Publicly available documents do not specify the nature of the probation violation.
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