Texas Most-Wanted man arrested in Atmore

Published 11:33 am Wednesday, July 19, 2017

An Atmore man who is on the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted List was arrested Tuesday for identity theft and drug charges, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Ricky Lee Waters

Ricky Lee Waters, 60, of Rockaway Creek Rd., has been charged with identity theft, giving false information to a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said Deputy Dereck Lowry was on patrol near Short Street at approximately 12:30 p.m., and received information that Waters was driving a red and white Ford F-150 pickup truck.

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“He observed a red and white F-150 pickup truck, and received information that the subject driving it may be wanted,” Lambert said. “As he turned around on the vehicle and got behind him, they were on Jack Springs Road and he was exceeding the posted speed limit.”

Lambert said Lowry activated his blue lights and pulled Waters over.

Lowry then asked for Waters’ drivers license and insurance information, which Waters didn’t have on him, Lambert said.

“He gave the deputy the name of James Warren Waters,” he said.

Lambert said once the ECSO received information on Waters, they were able to see his picture and it wasn’t the same guy they had pulled over.

Additionally, Lambert said they found identifying paperwork in Waters’ wallet, which gave deputies the name of Ricky Lee Waters.

“When we ran him, he came back wanted out of Harris County, Texas, for parole violation, aggravated rape and attempted capital murder with a deadly weapon,” Lambert said.

Lambert said they also found documents on him that had the name of James Gary Teet, who is deceased, and he may have been assuming his identity, too.

Waters has been living in Atmore for the past 20 years, and since then, he’s been on the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted List, Lambert said.

“I want to commend Deputy Lowry for being alert and paying attention to the info he had received,” he said. “For taking this type of character off the street, well done.”

Lambert said Waters is being held at the Escambia County Detention Center on bond. Once he makes bond, Waters will be extradited back to Texas.