A man believed to be a Los Angeles sexual assault suspect who was on the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was fatally shot by authorities Wednesday in North Carolina.
Greg Alyn Carlson, in his late 40s, was being sought for his alleged involvement in an armed sexual assault attempt in the Los Angeles area, according to the FBI, which had announced a reward in September of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Since then, FBI agents working with local law enforcement authorities had followed up on hundreds of leads, said Laura Eimiller of the Los Angeles FBI office.
On Wednesday morning, the FBI was notified by police in the city of Apex — in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area — that a man believed to be Carlson was in a local hotel, Eimiller said.
Authorities went to the location, leading to the shooting that left a man dead.
“We do believe the deceased is Mr. Carlson,” Eimiller said.
However, a positive identification will have to be made by local coroner’s officials, Eimiller said. There were no immediate reports that any law enforcement authorities were injured, she said.
On July 13, 2017, Carlson allegedly committed a burglary in Los Angeles during which he attempted to sexually assault a woman while using a weapon, authorities said when they announced the reward in September 2018.
According to the FBI, Carlson was facing charges of burglary, assault with intent to commit rape and assault with a deadly weapon.
In September 2017, Carlson was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department, but he posted bond and was released, and officials had said they believed he had fled to South Carolina.
“At some point thereafter, investigators believe Carlson left South Carolina with a stolen handgun, a rental car and a significant amount of cash,” according to the FBI.
Carlson was seen Nov. 22, 2017, in Hoover, Alabama, where he led police on a high-speed pursuit, but police disengaged from the chase “due to the potential danger to the public,” and the suspect escaped, according to the FBI.
He was seen in Jacksonville, Florida, on Nov. 28, 2017, and in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Nov. 30, 2017.
“While the FBI publicizes hundreds of fugitives at any given time, the List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives is reserved for a select few who need to be taken off the streets based on their horrible crimes and where widespread publicity can play an important role,” said Paul D. Delacourt, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
“Greg Alyn Carlson joins the notorious Top Ten list because he is considered an enemy to the public and we believe his violence may escalate,” Delacourt said.
Based on their investigation, detectives believe Carlson is likely responsible for additional sexual assaults.