BY RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
Over the weekend, local law enforcement received a tip that lead to the capture of last week's featured Fugitive of the Week. Nathaniel (Nate) Pearce, 29, was arrested by Craig Police at Mather's Bar at 420 Yampa Ave. at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Pearce was wanted in connection with an assault that had occurred at 485 Washington St. on Oct. 9. He is charged with third degree assault, a class one misdemeanor, which is punishable by a sentence of up to 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
Pearce is being held on a $750 bond at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.
The Crime Stoppers program was restarted on Oct. 15, after being discontinued in 1994. Crime Stoppers, made a nationwide program in 1978, is a citizen-run program that collects evidence and tips anonymously. If the information helps a case, a reward of up to $1,000 can be issued.
Pearce is the first arrest made because of the Crime Stoppers program, said Craig Police Administrative Sergeant Henry Stoffel.
"It's great to see the interest the community has shown in Crime Stoppers," he said. "We're looking forward to receiving further information that will lead to solving crimes and making further arrests."
The anonymous tip was the result of the Crime Stoppers information circulated through the community by the local media, Stoffel said.
Information concerning unsolved crimes or wanted fugitives is distributed through the Craig Daily Press and the KRAI FM radio station by the Crime Stoppers program.
Anyone who has information on any fugitive or crime can contact the Moffat County Crime Stoppers at 824-3535.
All callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.