Cops on Monday finally arrested an ‘extremely dangerous’ suspected mass murderer who is accused of randomly killing four people with his girlfriend in a Bonnie and Clyde-style crime spree across two states.
Tyler Donnet Terry, 26, had been on the run since last Monday since he fled a car wreck after firing shots at police.
His companion, Adrienne Simpson, 34, was taken into custody but he remained at large, prompting a frenzied search involving 300 officers equipped with dogs, helicopters and drones.
After six days hunting Terry, police finally tracked him down and he was arrested on Monday morning, according to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. No shots were fired during the arrest and there were no injuries.
Terry has been linked to a May 2 killing and a second murder in South Carolina, two killings outside of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday and two additional shootings in recent weeks.
Tyler Donnet Terry, 26, and Adrienne Simpson, 34, are wanted for four murders across two states
Terry had evaded police since he came back to South Carolina and opened fire at officers during a 30 mile, high-speed police chase that ended when their car crashed on Highway 9 last Monday.
The couple’s suspected body count is four, going back to May 2. One person survived their alleged crime spree – but only because his cell phone in his breast pocket stopped the bullet. His wife was killed.
‘This modern-day version of Bonnie and Clyde do several violent crimes in South Carolina and travel across the country. What they did between South Carolina and Missouri we don’t know yet. That’s a part of what they are going to be checking on, and obviously, South Carolina and every state in between,’ an investigator with St. Louis Police told CBS 17.
On Sunday afternoon, officers were actively pursuing Terry in a wooded area near Highway 9 and Richburg Road. He ran off there after being spotted and chased by an officer, local news outlets reported.
‘We are confident Terry is within our perimeter,’ Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey said on Twitter around 7.40 p.m. ‘Our perimeter has become thicker and is layered. We are sending teams inside in attempts to find him and force him out.’
It was the fourth confirmed sighting of Terry since he fired shots at police during a high-speed chase May 17.
Thomas Hardin, who identifies as a woman, was allegedly killed by Terry on May 2 in York, South Carolina
Barbara Goodkin and her husband were allegedly shot by the duo in Missouri on May 15. Barbara died but Stanley luckily survived
Dr. Sergei Zacharev was allegedly shot to death by the duo in Missouri and leaves behind a son
Prior to Terry’s arrest, the sheriff had advised residents to stay inside, lock their doors, secure firearms and report suspicious activity in their outbuildings, crawlspaces and trash bins. He described the fugitive as ‘the most violent man I’ve ever heard of.’
Authorities also appealed to people to check on loved ones living in the area, and to let them know about any vacant vacation homes for them to check out.
Terry is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Thomas Hardin, who identifies as female, on May 2 in York, South Carolina.
Police said Terry and Hardin knew each other but don’t have a motive for his killing.
Simpson was allegedly Terry’s getaway driver after that shooting.
The pair are said to have hightailed it about 700 miles to Brentwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, where the duo is accused of shooting three random people during suspected robberies on May 15.
Terry was last seen in a Chester County, South Carolina business’s surveillance footage on Thursday
Timeline of the ‘modern-day Bonnie and Clyde’
May 2: Eugene Simpson, Adrienne’s husband, reported missing
May 2: Thomas Hardin, 35, shot dead in York County, South Carolina
May 15: Barbara and Stanley Goodkin and Dr. Sergei Zacharev shot in Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Barbara and Zacharev died. Stanley survived.
May 16: They left Missouri
May 17: Chester County, South Carolina deputies spot the couple and chased them in a 30-mile car chase that ends when they crashed. Simpson was arrested, but Terry escaped into the woods.
May 19, Eugene Simpson’s body was found in Great Falls, South Carolina. His death was ruled a homicide.
May 20: Terry caught on a South Carolina business surveillance camera on Highway 9, where he allegedly stole a gun along with other items. This was the last time he was seen.
May 24: Terry is arrested, with no shots fired and no injuries.
Two are dead – Barbara Goodkin and Dr. Sergei Zacharev – but Barbara’s husband, Stanley, survived because his cellphone in his chest pocket took the brunt of the bullet.
Zacharev, who as an anesthesiologist, leaves behind a son. His friends and colleagues started a GoFundMe to raise money for his child.
‘He was a valued member of our anesthesia team since 2013,’ they said in the GoFundMe. ‘Always boisterous, fun-loving, and jovial to friends and strangers alike, Sergei’s humility, humor, and generosity was always endearing to his colleagues and his patients. He will truly be missed.’
Ballistics from both scenes matched, police said, amid fears the couple could have other, as-yet undiscovered victims.
On May 16, the duo left Missouri and returned to South Carolina. A day later, they were spotted in Chester County and led cops on a car chase that exceeded 100mph and spanned 20 to 30 miles.
Multiple saw shots fired from their car, but no one was hit, Dorsey said.
After the car crashed, Simpson was arrested, but Terry ran into the woods.
He was seen on nearby business’s surveillance footage Thursday, where police said he stole a gun and other items.
Detectives told CBS 17 that they have ‘credible evidence’ linking Terry to Hardin’s murder, and Simpson has already been charged with accessory after the fact.
On Wednesday, the body of Simpon’s husband, Eugene ‘Geno’ Simpson, was found in a ditch in Great Falls, South Carolina, and his death has been ruled a homicide.
Police are now investigating if the couple was involved in his murder.
The duo allegedly shot multiple times at police during a high-speed chase in South Carolina
Horror of the ‘Public Enemies’ era: The story of Bonnie and Clyde
The duo met in Texas in 1930 and are believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries by the time they died.
Bonnie (left) and Clyde met in Texas in 1930 and are believed to have committed 13 murders and several robberies and burglaries by the time they died
They became infamous as they traveled across America’s Midwest and South, holding up banks and stores with other gang members.
The public were enamored by the lovestruck pair during the Public Enemies era during the Great Depression in America.
After evading the cops countless times, their luck ran out on Highway 54 in Louisiana, when they were ambushed by officers who fired 107 rounds of bullets in less than two minutes.
At 9.15am on May 23, 1934, the two small-time Depression-era bank robbers died on a lonely road outside of Gibsland.
They were killed by a 16-second hail of 107 automatic rifle and shotgun rounds, fired at their Ford V8 sedan.
Immortalized in Arthur Penn’s classic 1967 film, in which they were played by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, the pair the American press called ‘Romeo & Juliet In A Getaway Car’ earned themselves a place in the criminal hall of fame – joining infamous mobsters such as Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
But the true story of Bonnie and Clyde is very different from the Hollywood fantasy.
On the day of their demise, Clyde, who was just 25, was driving along in his socks, while Bonnie was eating a sandwich in the passenger seat.
Near Gibsland, they stopped to greet the father of one of their gang members – but it was a trap.
A six-man posse of Texas and Louisiana troopers was waiting to ambush them and opened fire.
No warnings were issued and the couple were given no opportunity to surrender. Clyde died instantly – the first shot took off the top of his head.
But Bonnie was only wounded and began screaming – a scream so terrible that their principal pursuer, former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, fired two more shots into the defenseless 23-year-old at close range.
Their bodies were riddled with 50 bullets each, even though Bonnie Parker had never been charged with a capital offence.