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FBI: 2nd Kentucky fugitive captured

First suspect being questioned in woman's kidnapping

Chadrick Fulks
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Chadrick Fulks and Branden Basham may have dumped Alice Donovan along a roadway after carjacking her BMW. CNN's Charles Molineaux reports (November 20)
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Name: Alice Donovan
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Hair: Light brown, short
Eyes: Hazel
Info: Donovan was last seen in a parking lot of a Conway, South Carolina, Wal-Mart. Her car, a dark blue BMW 318i, with South Carolina license plate 845-HLG, is missing.

MIDDLEBURY, Indiana (CNN) -- Escaped convict Chadrick Fulks was arrested Wednesday after an attempted bank robbery, the FBI said, and North Carolina authorities have stepped up a search for a South Carolina woman Fulks is believed to have abducted.

The FBI confirmed Fulks' arrest in Middlebury Wednesday morning but released no details.

Investigators believe Fulks, 25, and fellow convict Branden Basham, 21, who was arrested Sunday in Kentucky, kidnapped Alice Donovan from a parking lot in Conway, South Carolina, Thursday. About 40 miles north of Conway, sheriff's deputies, state police and U.S. Marines are searching an 850-square-mile area along U.S. Highway 17 for any sign of the missing woman.

Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett said Fulks stopped at an Amoco station in Shallotte, North Carolina, at 4:04 p.m. Thursday to refuel Donovan's dark blue BMW sedan and that he and Basham are believed to have driven about 15 miles farther on U.S. 17 before turning around and returning to South Carolina by 6 p.m.

Hewett said he is asking area residents to come forward with any possible sightings of the fugitives or of Donovan's BMW.

The search focuses on a stretch of U.S. Highway 17 between Wilmington, North Carolina, and the South Carolina line. Hewett would not disclose whether investigators have been told they would find Donovan in that area -- but he said, "we certainly are not ruling that out."

"Right now, we are very optimistic. We're hoping and praying that we're going to find her," he said.

Basham and Fulks escaped November 4 from Hopkins County Detention Center in Madisonville, Kentucky. In addition to Donovan's abduction, they are suspected in the kidnapping of a Kentucky man the day after their escape and with a burglary and shootout in South Carolina the same day Donovan was kidnapped.

That carjacking and kidnapping was recorded by security cameras at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Conway. The kidnappers fled in Donovan's car, the FBI said.

Basham was serving a five-year sentence for possession of a forged document when he we escaped. He was arrested Sunday night in Ashland, Kentucky, after a carjacking attempt that led to a shootout with police there. He has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree robbery and fleeing police.

Fulks led Ohio state police on a high-speed chase Monday night, eluding officers who approached him at a rest area near Marion, about 170 miles north of Ashland, officials said.

He was arrested in Madisonville in August on charges of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon; giving a false name to police; and 12 counts of using a stolen credit card. Police there say Fulks was involved in numerous burglaries or thefts in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and South Carolina. They said federal officials also suspect him of stopping and robbing motorists using stolen FBI credentials.

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