Prince William runaway turns fugitive, is quickly caught


Tamatha Chapman Hickman. (2005 Department of Motor Vehicles photo/Prince William County police)

Later in the afternoon, the runaway had turned into a wanted fugitive and was soon caught.

Police responded about 5:20 a.m. to a “verbal altercation” involving Tamatha Chapman Hickman, 39, of the 7000 block of Rogue Forest Lane in Gainesville, according to a news release.

It said that Hickman “may be suicidal” and that police were looking for her.

About four hours later, police said that Hickman had fired shots during the fight with her husband and that there was a warrant out for her arrest. Police found her at a residence in Fairfax County, and she was taken into custody without incident, according to police.

Officer Jonathan Perok, a police spokesman, said police waited to release the information about the shots fired until they could confirm it from someone other than Hickman’s husband. Police also needed to obtain the warrants for Hickman’s arrest, he said.

A court date was not available.

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