MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The teenager accused of killing Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder will be charged with capital murder.
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich made that announcement about six hours after Tuder was shot and killed Sunday, January 20, at the Peach Place Inn on Leroy Stevens Road.
Investigators said Marco Perez, 19, was arrested and charged with killing the police officer. Tuder and other officers were at the apartment complex to arrest Perez. Police said Perez had been on the run and hiding from authorities for nearly two weeks.
According to court documents, he was due in federal court later this month to face trial for a possession of a stolen firearm charge and skipped a hearing on January 8. He was first arrested on the charge in November 2018.
Police said Perez even faked his own kidnapping in an attempt to avoid being captured. According to investigators, his mother, Tiffany Perez, told Mobile Police she received text messages from her son's phone saying that he had been kidnapped and murdered.
Investigators said they later discovered that the claims were a hoax. Tiffany Perez was arrested on Thursday, January 17, and charged with filing a false police report.
Police chased several leads in their attempt to capture Marco Perez. According to witnesses, he was spotted in a stolen vehicle Thursday morning but was able to get away from officers. On Friday, a witness told FOX10 News that police were searching for Perez at a mobile home park on Hale Road.
The District Attorney said she will ask a judge to hold Marco Perez in jail without bond.