Texas fugitive arrested in Scottsdale


by Catherine Holland and Stacey Delikat

Video report by Stacey Delikat

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 10:10 AM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After a night on the run, a Texas fugitive is in police custody.

Scottsdale police arrested Cody D. Lang at about 10:45 a.m. Friday, a little more than 12 hours after he was involved in a wreck that sparked an exhaustive search of a Scottsdale neighborhood.

Scottsdale police say Lang was wanted on several outstanding theft and fraud warrants in Montgomery County, Texas and that he had made statements suggesting he would shoot at police if they tried to apprehend him.

This all started Thursday when detectives learned Lang was at a motel near Scottsdale and McKellips roads. When they tried to talk to the man, he fled in a white RV, said Officer David Pubins of the Scottsdale Police Department

That RV hit a sedan at Granite Reef and McDowell roads, about 2.5 miles from the motel. The RV flipped, coming to rest on its side. Lang, who turned 30 Thursday, was able to climb out of the wrecked RV and run from the scene before police could get there.

The driver of the sedan suffered minor injuries and was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Hospital.

The intersection was closed for several hours; it has since reopened.

In the wake of the wreck, officers scoured the surrounding neighborhoods for Lang but came up empty.

With the help of authorities in Texas, they were able to identify some of Lang's associates in the Scottsdale area.

Friday morning, detectives arrested Lang near Granite Reef and Chaparral roads, not far from the accident scene.

Pubins said Lang was a passenger in the vehicle of a known associate and did not try to run or resist arrest..

He did initially try to conceal his identity with a wig, according to police.

According to paperwork from Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Lang jumped bond in connection with an alleged theft on July 29.