Authorities arrested a fugitive from Salisbury on Saturday.
They said John Knox Bridges failed to show up in federal court for sentencing Friday. The judge issued an arrested warrant that launched a multi-agency search for him.
There was a standoff with Bridges at the Maupin Avenue Presbyterian Church around 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Police said the standoff lasted about 15 minutes and Bridges was armed but surrendered peacefully.
A church member called in a tip when Bridges’ car, a charcoal gray Volvo station wagon, was seen in the church parking lot.
Bridges pleaded guilty in 2012 to securities fraud and money laundering. Authorities said he convinced his victims to invest in a fake oil company in Texas and spent their money, nearly $2.3 million, on himself.
The North Carolina Transportation Museum’s fundraising arm was one of his victims.
"I saw him yesterday leaving out of the driveway, going into the house,” said Lin Bell, who lives next to Bridges in his Salisbury neighborhood.