Georgia man who “faked his own death to avoid being arrested for attempted murder of his girlfriend with an ax” is found after six years on the run 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma.
- Christopher Tomberlin is arrested in Oklahoma City by police and US Marshals on orders from Georgia
- Tomberlin reportedly faked his death and fled 1,000 miles from Macon, Georgia, to Oklahoma City after being charged with attempting to murder his girlfriend in 2015.
- Tomberlin was suspected of throwing an ax at the victim and biting her during a domestic attack
A Georgia man who authorities say faked his own death to avoid prosecution for attempted murder in connection with an accessory attack on his girlfriend has finally been captured in Oklahoma after six years on the run.
Christopher Tomberlin was arrested in Oklahoma City on Thursday by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and local police after a week-long joint investigation.
According to a press release from Oklahoma City Police Department, Tomberlin was wanted based on a warrant from Bibb County, Georgia, in connection with an incident in 2015 where he allegedly tried to kill his then-girlfriend by throwing an ax at her.
Christopher Tomberlin, a fugitive accused of killing his girlfriend with an ax in 2015, was arrested in Oklahoma City after six years on the run.
The bladed gun missed the woman and snuggled into a door in the couple’s home on Flamingo Drive in Macon, Georgia, according to an article published by The Macon Telegraph at that moment.
Tomberlin also allegedly bit his girlfriend in the November 2015 incident, which resulted in the boyfriend’s arrest on charges of aggravated assault, injury and terrorist threats.
After his release from prison, Tomberlin reportedly faked his own death and was able to evade capture for the next six years.
US Marshal Service spokesman Andrew Joseph told DailyMail.com in a telephone interview on Friday that Tomberlin had lived under multiple aliases in Oklahoma for the past two years. His whereabouts before 2019 are currently unknown.
Tomberlin was originally arrested in November 2015 in Bibb County, Georgia, on charges of aggravated assault, destruction and terrorist threats.
Tomberlin’s time on the run came to an end when unspecified new information surfaced, suggesting that, according to the statement, the fugitive may still be alive and living 1,000 miles west, in Oklahoma City.
“Analysts from our Criminal Intelligence Unit worked diligently and were able to work out Tomberlin’s final steps,” police said.
Officers and US Marshals tracked down the wanted man in the area of SW 77th Terrace and Douglas Avenue in Oklahoma City on Thursday and arrested him without incident.
A photo shared by authorities shows a visibly gloomy Tomberlin wearing a bright blue UnderArmour ball cap, with his arms behind his back.
Joseph said Tomberlin seemed “surprised” when US Marshals and police officers knocked on his door. He added that the fugitive worked from home as a freelance tattoo artist.
“Great job from everyone involved to get this dangerous man off the street!” said the police.