Deputies sit down for lunch, find fugitive eating next to them

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) -- While deputies with the Perry County (Tennessee) Sheriff's Office were out to lunch Monday afternoon, they noticed something that turned a lunch break into deputies making an arrest.

"We finally slowed down enough to eat lunch, me and several other of the guys. And while we were eating, we noticed a known fugitive that we've actually been looking for," said Tony Eversole, the Perry County Sherriff's Office chief deputy.

Eversole said Neil Martin was eating lunch at the Captain D's in Hazard, Kentucky right across from him. He said that Martin is wanted in multiple states for fraudulent business reasons.

"We had been actively looking for him for several months," said Eversole. "He's wanted by four or five states."

Eversole said that they did not know how Martin would react, so they let him finish his meal and waited for him to leave the building.

"We let him eat so we wouldn't cause any trouble inside the restaurant, and then we got up as he left and followed him outside and made the arrest in the parking lot," said Eversole.

Deputies say that although it was a serious situation, they made a little light of it after the arrest.

"We wanted to know if he was going to order his dessert to go," said Eversole.

Martin is being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

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