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‘Little Houdini' Captured By US Marshals In Jackson

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JACKSON, Tenn. – The mid-state man dubbed "Little Houdini" has been captured by U.S. Marshals in Jackson.

Christopher Gay, 39, was arrested at the Walmart Supercenter on Emporium Drive on Wednesday morning after Marshals received information he was in the area.

When officers got to the parking lot, they found a man matching Gay's description moving a trailer in the parking lot at the request of people in the lot.

When Marshals approached him, they said he jumped over the back of a semi truck in attempt to escape. He was quickly apprehended.

Gay had been wanted since November 15 for evading arrest and aggravated assault in Cheatham County. Authorities said he led police on a high speed chase through three counties before barricading himself in his home.

Deputies were searching for two robbery suspects and were stopping to check cars. Gay's attorney said he became frightened -- though he had done nothing wrong -- and refused to stop.

He had recently gotten out of prison and said he was trying to get his life together.

Gay made headlines years ago for escaping and stealing Gayle's tour bus so he could go visit his dying mother in Cheatham County. He then took it to Daytona Speedway, claiming to be the driver for Tony Stewart.

He has escaped from custody eight times over the years.

A national magazine wrote a story on his life and screenplay was written for a movie. Production on the project for now appears to have stalled.

He was also wanted by the Tennessee Department of Correction for Parole Violation and Probation Violation.

Gay was taken to the Madison County Jail.

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