Wanted Fugitive Captured in Kermit

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

Kermit - Residents in Kermit are breathing a sigh of relief. That's after a dangerous manhunt for a fugitive came to an end early Wednesday morning without incident.

"The thing that I can say that I am happy about was my son was not taken down. I was worried about that," Roberta Floriana, the mother of Timothy Fields, said.

Tears rolled down the face of Timothy Field's mother. She says her son was a troubled teenager, and now as an adult, she claims he had become even more violent.

Fields has been on the run from Florida for aggravated assault and drug possession but early Wednesday morning his luck ran out. He was caught hiding in the attic of his mother's friends home.

Police, deputies, and the Texas Rangers teamed up together and caught Fields. Sgt. Richard Abalos says it took a team effort to capture this fugitive.

"We were just investigating, they were going to some houses that they knew he might be at and they just continued to look and then finally found him," Abalos said.

Even though it was something hard for her to do, she knew cooperating with law enforcement was the right thing to do.

"I was on the phone with them at least 25 times a day. If I heard something about him, I would call them right away, if he called me I would let them know that he called me, but it was always an unavailable number," Floriana said.

Even though her son is detained, she feels it's the best thing that could've happened to him.

"I'm happy to be honest. I have to tell you, as a mother, I am happy that know he is safe and that he wasn't shot and killed," Floriana said.

Because it is an ongoing investigation, it's still undetermined whether Fields will be charged with anything in Kermit or when they plan to extradite him back to Florida.

As for the person who allowed Fields to hide in their home, it is unknown if they will be charged with harboring a fugitive.