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3 on TBI most wanted list arrested in less than a week

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First, it was a child rape suspect. Then came a man accused of homicide and domestic assault. Now, an accused killer from Nashville is the third person from the TBI Ten Most Wanted list arrested this week.

"These are the most dangerous criminals. These are the people with the most serious offenses. These are people who are threats to the community and need to be off the streets as soon as possible," said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine.

In the past six days, three people on the list no longer have a reward underneath their picture, but, instead, the word "captured."

"This is certainly good news - not just for the police but for the general public," DeVine said.

On Thursday, Samuel McCurry was arrested at a friend's home in Arkansas on charges of sexual battery and the rape of a child in Grundy County.

On Sunday, Cashman Perkins was captured in Mississippi, accused of a homicide in Chattanooga.

And on Wednesday morning, Rodrecus Smith was found hiding in a closet inside a home in Madison.

Investigators say Smith shot and killed a man during a robbery attempt inside a dry cleaning van near 12th Avenue last October.

"Law enforcement certainly is outnumbered by the general public, so when folks are the eyes and ears of the community and notice something and say something, that helps them get them off the street," DeVine said.

According to the TBI, the visibility of the faces on the most wanted list helps in bringing in tips - something especially important in the arrest of Smith.

"When we put someone on the Top 10, that really opens the doors for us to get their picture and name out there for the general public," DeVine said. "Thanks to our media partners, we were able to get that out there widely. It turns out someone saw that, called in a tip and that led to an arrest this morning."

TBI officials add these cases in the Top 10 also allow for more collaboration between law enforcement agencies - federal and local.

"That's what happened in all three of these cases. Law enforcement agencies worked beautifully together and were able to get all three of these gentlemen back behind bars," DeVine said.

It's all part of a continuing effort to get more of the pictures accompanied by the word "captured."

"Any time you have wanted fugitives out on the run, we really want to get those people back off the streets and behind bars where they belong," DeVine said.

TBI officials say three Top 10 arrests in a week isn't really rare. They say the arrests tend to come in waves. To view the TBI Top 10 list, visit: http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/fugitives/top_ten.shtml.

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