"I jumped out...and tackled him down to the ground"

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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WINNSBORO, TX (KLTV) - A capital murder fugitive on the run in East Texas is now sitting in a jail cell. Stanley Tilley Sr. was considered armed and dangerous, wanted for shooting and killing a 29-year old man in Cherokee county in October.

He was traced to Winnsboro where police say he was living with a girlfriend and her baby right next to a school.

"In a small place like this you don't expect it," said one Winnsboro resident.

And police say that's exactly why Tilley thought he could lay low here in Winnsboro.

"He'd been clocking the police department, which means looking for us and thought they could fly low under the radar here," said J.L. Miller, Winnsboro Police Chief. "Apparently they couldn't."

Police say Tilley, his girlfriend Miranda Collins and her baby were spotted in this park Monday. Officers and the U.S. Marshals, moved in.

"Well he saw the cop cars sitting over there," said Capt. Roderick Hashaway. "He got on his bicycle and he loaded the baby on the bicycle. We pulled up beside him. He was riding the bicycle and I jumped out of the patrol car and tackled him down to the ground."

22-year-old Collins was also arrested. Police confiscated marijuana and more than $4,000 in her apartment.

"You know they're dealing drugs right over there by the middle school," said Hashaway. "It's an ongoing problem and I'm trying to get these drugs out of the city of Winnsboro. That's my goal."

Collins has posted bond. We asked her about her relationship with Tilley, but she didn't want to talk.

"Just get out of my face," said Tilley's girlfriend.

Police say Collins' baby is now with relatives while CPS investigates. As far as Tilley hiding out by the school, residents say it's another reminder to be on your guard.

"You just can't take anything for granted any longer and it's not just a big city thing," said Ken Watts, a Winnsboro resident. "That's everywhere."

But police now feel their streets are a little safer, after this bust.

Tilley is awaiting transfer to the Cherokee county jail. His son Stanley Tilley Jr., who police say was staying with the couple, is also wanted for hindering apprehension.