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'Most Wanted' fugitive from Pinellas arrested in Texas

Christina Lodrini is breathing a sigh of relief after the capture this week of a Pinellas County fugitive accused of attempting to murder her.

"I've been watching my back ever since she went missing," Lodrini said. "I was definitely always worried. You never know."

Courtenay Savage, 33, was arrested Monday near her Humble, Texas, home on six counts of second-degree attempted murder, resisting arrest with violence and criminal mischief, U.S. marshals said.

She was arrested about 8 p.m. while walking her dogs, two days after appearing on America's Most Wanted and just four hours after an anonymous caller to the show's producers gave up her location, marshals said. Humble is about 30 miles north of Houston.

Savage is being held in the Harris County Jail in Texas and will be extradited to Pinellas County to stand trial, marshals said. Pinellas officials were not sure how long that would take.

Caught on surveillance camera firing a .357-caliber handgun into Lodrini's Largo home in 2006, Savage is a former detention deputy for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, officials have said.

During the Sept. 7, 2006, shooting at 6301 144th Ave. N, one of the bullets struck a mirror in a room where a child slept, cutting the infant with a piece of glass, officials said. Two adults and six children slept in the home.

Authorities said the shooting stemmed from a business dispute between Savage and Lodrini. Savage told authorities that health problems had caused her to give Lodrini an aromatherapy business a number of years ago, and now that she had regained her health, she wanted several items back.

Lodrini has since moved to Clearwater but said she continued to be apprehensive. If she saw a car parked for an extended period, she started to worry, she said, even though sheriff's officials assured her Savage was no longer in the area.

'Most Wanted' fugitive from Pinellas arrested in Texas 09/23/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 4:25pm]
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