BREAKING NEWS: Deputies nab Rillo

Sheriff’s Office schedules 10 a.m. news conference

Photo courtesy Richmond County Sheriff's Office Fugutive John Adam Rillo, on the run from authorities since July 11, was apprehended Thursday (July 24) and delivered to the Richmond County Jail shortly before 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
Fugutive John Adam Rillo, on the run from authorities since July 11, was apprehended Thursday (July 24) and delivered to the Richmond County Jail shortly before 3 p.m.

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Previous coverage
* Rillo escapes, evades authorities
* Rillo sheds cuffs, sleeps in Norman church

ROCKINGHAM — Five Richmond County sheriff’s deputies greeted former fugitive John Adam Rillo at the sally port of the Richmond County Jail shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.

Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge said there is a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Sheriff’s Office in downtown Rockingham. It’s expected that authorities then will elaborate on how deputies captured Rillo near the Norman/Montgomery County border.

John Adam Rillo

John Adam Rillo

Rillo, 40, has been on the run from authorities since escaping from a deputy on July 11. That day, a deputy had arrived at this parent’s home on Cemetery Road in Norman to inquire about Rillo’s whereabouts. He was wanted on federal drug charges. It wasn’t known that Rillo was there initially. The deputy put Rillo in handcuffs and arrested him but Rillo slipped away by jumping into his parents’ dog pen — full of dogs not too pleased to see a sheriff’s deputy — and ran into dense woods nearby.

Until Thursday, authorities had indicated Rillo had been quiet. It had been rumored that he might have even fled the Norman area, his stomping grounds.FB1

Four law enforcement officers were on hand inside the sally port by the Richmond County Jail to greet Rillo. Donning plastic gloves, it was said that Rillo had been less than cooperative with deputies once having been apprehended.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Richmond County sheriff's deputies escort former fugitive John Adam Rillo from a police cruiser inside the sally port at Richmond County Jail to a cell after being apprehended Thursday afternoon.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies escort former fugitive John Adam Rillo from a police cruiser inside the sally port at Richmond County Jail to a cell after being apprehended Thursday afternoon.

Rillo was arrested in December by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies. Deputies originally responded to an Ellerbe home to investigate a reported shooting. However, no one was injured and the alleged shooting quickly turned into an investigation of a possible meth lab after Deputy L.D. Cowick noticed there were materials in plain sight consistent with manufacturing methamphetamines.

Rillo, a convicted felon, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of lithium metal — an immediate precursor chemical — with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a house that was used for keeping and selling controlled substances and possession of methamphetamine.

Rillo also was charged with possession of two firearms, including a 9 mm Glock allegedly stolen from Jerry Rillo, and a .22 revolver.

John Rillo was previously convicted in April 2004 in Randolph County on felony possession of stolen goods and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

In December, he was confined to Richmond County Jail and held on a $35,000 secured bond.

 

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  • Rita Goodwin

    Thank God,

  • linda lopez

    im glad now myself and the other residents of norman can sleep well knowing hes behind bars where he belongs

  • Tammy McGee

    I believe this was talked up Kevin….Great work, thank you!!

  • Patty

    Thank you Richmond County Sheriffs Department for being so determined to apprehend this man. You people are the best!

  • JD

    I don’t see a reason to compliment them for doing their jobs, someone should be questioning the “high sheriff” how his deputies LOST the inmate in the first place, and geesh, the guy was sleeping in a church. Could he really be that hard to find?

  • john thompson

    Just shows you how often you good people were visiting your church. He can’t be found in the church if nobody goes in the church.

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