Suspect in Alabama rape arrested in Gainesville


Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 6:58 p.m.

A 50-year-old man charged with raping a 10-year-old girl in Alabama earlier this year was arrested in Gainesville on Sunday.

Thomas Edwin Finley had lived in Gainesville for more than 15 years until about a year ago, when he relocated to Henry County, Ala., where he was charged with first-degree rape and sodomy, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Bryon Carroll.

An arrest warrant was issued March 12, but Finley felt charges were coming and fled the state, Carroll said.

Finley had been in Gainesville about two weeks ago but was not staying in one place for very long, Carroll said.

“We've been working hard to get him,” Carroll said. “He's been going from city to city, all the way down to Miami.”

At about 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, members of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force were watching a residence near the 3000 block of North Main Street that Finley used to frequent when they saw him get dropped off.

The members, made up of investigators and deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua and Levy county sheriff's offices, surrounded the house and ordered Finley to come out.

He was arrested without incident, according to a Marshals Service news release, and was being held at the Alachua County jail.

According to court records, Finley was convicted in Alachua County in 1995 for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. The details of the original conviction were not available.

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