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Cleveland County fugitive caught in Richmond after chase

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- Photo courtesy of Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
Regis Lee Wright, who was wanted by Cleveland County authorities, was captured Friday after a foot and bicycle chase near Richmond, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. (Photo courtesy of Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.)

A man wanted by Cleveland County authorities in connection with a series of robberies was captured Friday by U.S. marshals near Richmond – but not until he led authorities on a foot and bicycle chase.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Regis Lee Wright, 22, was arrested in Henrico County, just outside Richmond. The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office had listed Wright as a person of interest in armed robberies at convenience stores this summer in the county.

Crime Stoppers of Cleveland County had issued a $2,000 reward for information leading to Wright’s capture.

Authorities said they got information that Wright might be at the Seven Gables apartments in the 600 block of North Laburnum Avenue. As marshals service task force members neared the complex, they said, Wright ran into a wooded area.

Henrico County police, including the department’s airplane, joined the pursuit. The plane’s pilot said he spotted Wright leaving the woods, but he ran back into the woods when police drew near. Authorities said Wright then was spotted near the Fairfield Library on a bicycle.

Authorities said he got off the bike and tried running back into the woods but was captured. Wright, who was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, was treated by paramedics for cuts and scratched he received while running in the woods, police said.

Federal marshals said the bicycle was returned to its owner.

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