Police: Hunter stops Moulton theft suspect by holding him at gunpoint

Steven Lewter (Moulton Police)

A Winston County hunter was able to help investigators find a suspect in a Moulton theft case by holding him at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017 3:46 PM
Updated: Nov. 21, 2017 6:18 AM

An Elkmont man is facing a theft charge in Lawrence County after a Winston County hunter recognized the man sleeping in a vehicle that was reportedly stolen.

Moulton police say the suspect, Steven Lewter, stole someone's truck at a Murphy USA Friday night after being stranded by another person at Walmart. The man took the truck and traveled south on Alabama Highway 157.

Early Saturday morning, police say a hunter in Winston County spotted the truck with the suspect inside the vehicle. Investigators say the hunter recognized the truck. This is when the hunter held Lewter at gunpoint and notified Winston County authorities of the situation.

Lewter was booked in the Lawrence County Jail on a theft of property charge, and he was also being held for a possible parole violation as of Saturday.

Police thanked the hunter for his role in catching the suspect.

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