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Kentucky State Police Arrest Fugitive Who Was Focus of Nationwide Manhunt in Connection with Triple Homicide
(MAYFIELD, KY) - On January 6, 2004 at 7:00 a.m., Kentucky State Police arrested a Florida man who was the focus of a nationwide manhunt in connection with a triple murder in his hometown of Jacksonville.
Troopers took 49 year old Pinkney "Chip" Carter into custody without incident at the Mayfield Mobile Home Park where he was staying. Police in Jacksonville have been searching for Carter ever since the July 24, 2002 murders of Carter´s former girlfriend, her current boyfriend, and her 16-year-old daughter.
Kentucky State Police confirm troopers actually arrested Carter back on January 1, 2004 on a charge of alcohol intoxication and giving police false information. On that date, troopers responding to a stolen car complaint at the Hilltop Bar and Grill in Leeder Bottoms spoke with Carter. At that time, Carter identified himself as Rodney J. Vonthun of Mayfield. Troopers arrested the man known as Vonthun and took him to the McCracken County Detention Center. Vonthan bonded out of jail on January 2, 2004.
On the evening of January 2, Troopers Brad Smith and Brian Duvall were at the Mayfield Police Department on an unrelated case. Trooper Smith noticed a FBI poster with a picture of a man who looked like Rodney Vonthan. The man on the poster was Pinkney " Chip" Carter, wanted in Florida on suspicion of murder.
Carter´s case was also featured on the television program "America´s Most Wanted" three times in 2003. Trooper Smith was sure that Vonthan and Carter were actually the same man. The troopers knew Vonthun worked for a local roofer but at the time weren´t sure where he lived.
On Monday morning, January 5, 2004, Kentucky State Police Detectives and FBI Agents discovered that Vonthun lived in the Mayfield Mobile Home Park. That afternoon, officers set up surveillance on the residence. At 7:00 AM on today´s date, officers arrested Vonthun as he left the trailer for work.
An FBI fingerprint match confirmed that Rodney Vonthun was in fact Chip Carter. Carter is being held in the Graves County Detention Center as a Fugitive From Justice. The investigation is continuing by Detective Jamie Mills, the FBI, and Florida authorities.