Ernest Lamar Woodall, who
has been on the Pennsylvania State Police Department’s Top 10 Most Wanted
list since its March 1997 inception, was captured today in Birmingham Alabama.
Woodall was wanted for attempted criminal homicide in Allegheny County for a
1996 shoot out with municipal police officers.
Woodall was arrested on November 15th, 2002 in Montgomery County Alabama for Fraudulent Checks and Possession of Fictitious Documents. On this arrest he used fictitious identification identifying him as Joseph Brown. On January 22nd, 2003 the FBI fingerprint cards produced a “match” between Woodall and Brown, however he had already been set free.
Members of the FBI Greater
Pittsburgh Fugitive Task Force focused on the information gained from the
arrest, and the known aliases of Woodall. They soon learned he had been
arrested in Birmingham AL for DUI under the name of Allen Garner.
Further investigation revealed he was on probation and regularly reporting to
his probation officer. On Feb. 5, 2003 at 9:50 a.m., members of the FBI
Birmingham Fugitive Task Force apprehended Woodall at the probation office.
Further checks have revealed that Woodall has been arrested at least 4 times in Georgia and five times in Florida under various aliases. The Montgomery County arrest was the first time any of the other arrest fingerprints matched.