UPDATED: Deputies capture most wanted criminal

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August 1, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Jordash Tanksley, wanted on various charges, has been taken into custody, according to Lt. Scott Peebles of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said late tonight that they were still in the process of questioning him. He was caught this afternoon just before 5 in the 1200 block of 13th Street, at one of his known hangouts.

Deputies say when Tanksley spotted them, he took off and tried to hide in an abandoned building, then ran into a nearby wooded area before finally surrendering to police.

Tanksley had nine warrants out for his arrest, including two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and a probation violation for a sexual assault.

He's no stranger to crime. He was arrested back in January, facing a dozen warrants for charges similar to those he has now.

Tanksley is one of three men recently named Augusta's most wanted. Yesterday, deputies made it their top priority to capture him, his father Clarence, and Donald Gamble, Jr.

Jordash Tanksley had been on the run for a long time. He is charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, and burglary in the Monday, July 30 armed robbery of F.A.M.E. clothing store. Deputies also wanted him for questioning after the recent murder at Club Super C. His rap sheet includes eight felonies since 2001.

Clarence Tanksley and Donald Gamble are still at large. If you have any information about either man, call 706-821-1020 or 706-821-1080.

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