The self-proclaimed “most wanted man in Franklin County” is back in custody and will be headed soon to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Investigators with the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit tracked down Dylan Carter, 33, Robertsville, Thursday evening and he was taken into custody at a residence in north St. Louis County.
Carter, who recently was sentenced in Franklin County to concurrent 10-year prison terms for assault and drug-related charges, was scheduled to appear Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court to plead guilty to felony drug charges there.
But he cut off an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and didn’t make his court appearance, authorities said.
“He was tripped up by ordering a pizza,” Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner, head of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit, said of Carter’s capture.
Grellner said the mother of Carter’s new wife — they were married last week — contacted authorities and said she feared for her daughter’s safety when she learned that Carter failed to show up for his scheduled appearance in Crawford County and was on the run again.
After reviewing calls on the wife’s cellphone, investigators learned that they were at a home in Hazelwood after they ordered a pizza, Grellner explained.
Task force officers contacted Hazelwood police who went to the home where the pizza was delivered. There, they found and arrested Carter without incident.
“He was telling people that he wasn’t going back to prison and that he would fight police if they tried to arrest him,” Grellner said. “But he was arrested too quickly to fight or run.”
Detective Cpl. Scott Briggs and Officer Nathan Pinter with the drug task force took Carter into custody and transported him back to Franklin County.
After he removed the ankle monitor a task force officer located it in a grassy area between Interstate 44 and the North Service Road at Sullivan.
Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks then issued new felony charges against Carter for tampering with electronic monitoring equipment, first-degree property damage and failure to appear.
He also faces failure to appear charges in the Crawford County cases.
Parks said Carter will be transferred to the Missouri prison system as soon as possible and will be prosecuted on the new charges from jail.
Carter recently pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and drug charges in Franklin County and was sentenced to concurrent 10-year prison sentences but a judge continued his release on bond until he could be sentenced in the Crawford County cases.
He pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in a 2012 Franklin County case and was sentenced to concurrent 10-year prison sentences. Later, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first-degree assault and sentenced to another 10-year sentence in an October 2013 case in which he severely beat another man with a flashlight, striking him in the head and face.
On the Class B felony assault charge, Carter must serve 85 percent of that sentence, or roughly 8 1/2 years.
Parks said on Thursday he filed motions with the courts to forfeit Carter’s bonds in the separate felony cases.
He was released in the 2012 case on a $50,000 bond and the court set a $250,000 bond in the more recent assault case.
Parks said hearings on the bond forfeiture cases are set for Jan. 7 in Division 2, and Jan. 14 in Division 1.
Meanwhile, Grellner said that while police were searching for Carter, the bond company informed investigators that he was in Rolla and Springfield.