Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two people for possession of stolen vehicles and other stolen property. They assisted U.S. Marshals who were trying to find one of the suspects who was wanted in Georgia for other charges.
The arrests were made Thursday morning when U.S. Marshals requested help locating Ronald Franklin Henderson, 42, who was a fugitive of justice out of Georgia. He was believed to be staying at Shady Acres Campground in Wilson County.
When the officers arrived at the campground, they found the suspect staying with a woman in a stolen camper and truck. They took both suspects into custody.
The suspect told deputies he also had other stolen property located at the Walmart parking lot in Lebanon.
When they asked if he could do a drive-through of the parking lot to help locate the stolen items, Henderson told officers he had swallowed an undetermined amount of drugs, which he claimed was heroin and methamphetamine. They immediately transported the suspect to the hospital.
WCSO went to the Walmart to search the parking lot for the stolen vehicles and requested Lebanon Police to come to the Walmart parking lot scene.
Meanwhile, authorities at the campground scene took a woman who was staying in the trailer with the suspect into custody, where she was booked into the jail. Rose Mary Franklin, 43, was charged with possession of stolen property.
Animal control seized a dog and pot-bellied pig that were also located at the trailer.
On Friday, WCSO officers returned to the hospital when it was determined Henderson was apparently physically and mentally coherent and able to be released to officers. He was taken to the Wilson County jail, where he was charged with tampering with/or fabricating evidence with regard to the drugs he claimed to have swallowed. He was also charged with two counts of theft of property and placed on hold as a fugitive of justice for Georgia. Lebanon Police filed additional theft charges.
Henderson was wanted in Georgia for theft of a 2015 Ford Focus along with drug and theft charges. He is also wanted in Chattanooga for theft over $10,000 in addition to a car and camper stolen from Hamilton County.
He is scheduled for arraignment in General Sessions Court for 9 a.m. March 10.