UPDATE: Child Molestation Suspect Arrested

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UPDATE 07/23/17 10:45AM

Bledcoe County, TN (WDEF) – After a lengthy search for an Indiana man wanted on several counts of child molestation, Samuel Cravens, 38, is now in custody, via the Pikeville Police Department’s Facebook page.

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BLEDSOE COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Authorities continue to search for an Indiana man, wanted on several counts of child molestation, who was last seen in Pikeville.

Residents in the small town of Pikeville say they are on edge. On Tuesday, a search was on for an Indiana man wanted for several counts of child molestation. Samuel Cravens, 38, was reportedly seen just off Highway 30.

“We just pulled up at McDonald’s to let the kids eat and that is when the man had gotten out of the vehicle ran across the street and into the woods. And at that time a worker from the McDonald’s had called the police and notified them and they were on their way to the scene,” Cassondra Rhea said.

When Rhea found out about the charges, she was concerned about her children.

“The girls were pretty shook up last night. They had a hard time going to sleep and then they were sleepless. They slept with me because they were scared that he might come into the house which I reassured them that I would keep them safe, but they were still frightened,” Rhea said.

Wednesday the search for Cravens was still on as deputies looked in the woods, where he was last seen.

“They are doing, you know, everything they can to catch this man. I think he is just being sneaky. He kind of knows what he is doing and what to watch out for, but I think the police has it under control and I think they will get him,” Rhea said.

Others agree, saying they liked that there was a heavy police presence immediately after the sighting.

“I am glad that other officers from other counties came in to assist for the search for him, but anybody who knows a fugitive knows he is going to keep running. He is not going to stay in the same spot. I am glad nobody got hurt. I am glad everybody was safe, but in my personal opinion, carry a weapon,” Brandon Standiford said

While the town was quieter Wednesday, residents say they’re still shocked about the recent event.

“Something like this doesn’t normally happen,” Standiford said.