Wanted fugitive Issac Porterfield, the focus of a U.S. Marshals and FBI manhunt since New Year's Day for allegedly stealing a Memphis police cruiser and setting it afire, was arrested Thursday police said.
During the New Year's Day incident he also fought with officers and stole a shotgun that was inside the police cruiser.
The 31-year-old Porterfield, the uncrowned prince" of the infamous "Porterfield Posse," was apprehended by police on 10 active warrants for theft of property, vandalism, and assault with bodily harm.
He was featured Jan. 16 on FOX13 News' Mid-South's Most Wanted.
Porterfield started off the new year bold enough to tussle with three Memphis police officers, escape in a police cruiser, steal a shotgun, crash the cruiser and set it on fire.
The incident unfolded around 3:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Hubbert. Several officers were checking on a stolen SUV call. Officers saw a vehicle in the rear of the apartments that matched the description of a GMC Yukon that was carjacked earlier in the night near Tutwiler and Claybrook.
Police noticed Porterfield and his 15-year-old son removing the wheels from the Yukon. The teen was detained by police and put inside a police cruiser.
Porterfield, though, fought with three officers and was able to wrestle free after officers tried to handcuff him. During the altercation the man got into a police cruiser and sped off, police said.
One of the officers who wrestled with Porterfield suffered a head wound.
While police were searching for their missing cruiser, dispatch received a call from a citizen at around 5:15 a.m. New Year's morning saying they saw a police cruiser on fire at a dead end street on Montgomery near Snowden.
Upon arrival, police noticed the set afire cruiser had been driven into a guard rail. They noticed a shotgun that was inside the recovered police cruiser was missing.
Porterfield's rap sheet goes back to his teens, when in 1999 he escaped from the penal farm and crashed a car as part of a feud with another family. At the time there were five other Porterfields in jail.
According to court records, Porterfield is scheduled to make his first appearance in Shelby County General Sessions Court Monday morning, Feb. 4.
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