A Letcher County man who has been a fugitive from police for more than three years was arrested at his home June 21.
Albert Ray Wilder, 42, of Crase’s Branch, was arrested at his cabin near Blackey by officers from the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department, Jenkins Police Department, Kentucky State Police, and Fish and Wildlife Resources Lieutenant Frank Campbell.
The sheriff’s department said several attempts had been made by law enforcement officials to arrest Wilder but the location of his cabin and Wilder’s knowledge of the terrain made it hard.
Early last Thursday police officers surrounded Wilder’s cabin which is located on a mountain in Crase’s Branch. A short time later a police car was driven into the front yard and Wilder ran from his home into the woods. Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Bates, Sheriff ‘s Deputy Bert Slone, Jenkins Police Officer Brian Damron and KSP Trooper David Combs arrested Wilder.
Wilder was wanted on warrants for burning a house in Carcassone and burning a truck belonging to his brother. Warrants were also executed for third-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, and trafficking marijuana.
According to Sheriff Danny Webb, solar panels were located behind Wilder’s cabin that were connected to a battery system that appeared to be used as a power source for lights in the cabin. The solar panels were identified as being stolen from Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company sites. A warrant was also obtained for Wilder charging him with receiving stolen property in connection with the stolen solar panels.