Terrance M. Holland, one of Hernando County's 10 most wanted fugitives, was arrested Thursday morning after authorities received a tip that he was living at a house in south Brooksville.
The 27-year-old probation violator had eluded capture since 2002, when the Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for his arrest. Holland was accused of drug possession and resisting arrest, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Joseph Paez said.
When arrested about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Holland reportedly told sheriff's deputies that he was glad it was over.
"He had been somewhat difficult to locate," Paez said Friday. "He has a history of dealing crack cocaine. Obviously, his past criminal history clearly indicated his propensity for violence, so the fact that we were able to take him into custody without any incident is certainly a relief."
In 1998, Holland was convicted of two counts of culpable negligence stemming from the February 1998 shooting of Brooksville Capt. Terry Chapman as he helped a stranded motorist change a tire. Prosecutors believed that Chapman was not the intended target and subsequently dropped the attempted murder charges. Holland was later sentenced to 10 months in jail.
On Friday, Holland was being held at Hernando County Jail without bail. After his arrest, authorities discovered that Holland was wanted on additional drug possession charges and traffic infractions in Pasco and Hillsborough.
Holland was apprehended by the Sheriff's Office after dispatchers received an anonymous call on Thursday, saying that he was staying at 828 Leonard St.
When deputies arrived at the residence, they saw a woman, identified as Kenya Tucker, leaving the residence with her children, the report said.
Tucker, who is Holland's girlfriend, told authorities that no one was in the house, jumped into a car and took her children to school. Prior to her return, a 5-year-old boy, who is believed to be Holland's son, came to the door and told deputies that he was home alone, the report stated.
When Tucker returned 10 minutes later, she said she left her son at home alone because he was sleeping. She again told deputies that no one else was in the house and tried to slam the door behind her, the report stated.
Detective Neil Sullivan was able to hold the door open with his foot and she was taken into custody. Tucker was charged with child neglect and resisting arrest without violence.
As deputies searched the house, they found Holland lying face down behind a bed near the back of the house and placed him in handcuffs.
"He was elusive, so we're really interested on getting our hands on him," Paez said. "It is satisfying that we were able to find him and take him into custody."
_ Duane Bourne can be reached at (352) 754-6114. Send e-mail to dbournesptimes.com.