A suspect in the October murder of Little Rock news anchor Anne Pressly was taken into custody at 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday night. Curtis Lavell Vance, 28, was reported to be at a home in Little Rock, where a contingent of police officers converged and took the man into custody. He is being held on a charge of Capital Murder.
Earlier in the evening, officers held a news conference and identified Vance as their suspect. He was described as 6 ft., 240 pounds and was reported to be armed with a 9mm High Point pistol. The public appeal resulted in a tip that led police to the residence where he was captured, without incident, an hour later.
According to Police Chief Stuart Thomas, they have “a very, very solid case due to solid detective work.” Police Lt. Terry Hastings remarked about the tip they received, “we went there and he’s in custody.”
A KATV Channel 7 news anchor, Pressly was attacked on October 20 and died of her injuries on October 25, 2008. She was 26 years old.
January 9, 2009 UPDATE: Curtis Lavell Vance, 28, was formally charged Thursday with capital murder, rape, residential burglary and theft, according to Prosecutor Larry Jegley. He is schedule to appear next Thursday, January 15 in Pulaski County Circuit court, where he will enter a plea in the high-profile case.
Check out the rap sheet that led to his capture below. Click to enlarge.