SWAT arrest man at A-1 Small Engines

Eric Perkinson

On Wednesday, Jefferson City police got information that a man wanted on a second degree felony assault warrant was at A-1 Small Engines at 2025 East McCarty Street.

Officers responded to try to apprehend the fugitive, identified as 40-year-old Eric Perkinson of Jefferson City.

During their attempt to contact and arrest him, Perkinson managed to evade officers. Further attempts to apprehend him that evening were unsuccessful.

Officers then set up surveillance on Perkinson, and on Thursday around 5 p.m., they made positive identification of him at that same location.

Since authorities knew Perkinson carried a firearm, was known to be violent, and had evaded police the day prior, the SWAT team was notified and responded to A-1 Small Engines to serve the arrest warrant.

During the warrant service, Perkinsonâ??s wife, 32-year-old Tami L. Perkinson, was uncooperative with police and told them he wasn't there at the time.

The SWAT team, however, entered the business and eventually located Perkinson hiding. He was taken into custody without incident.

Eric Perkinson was arrested for felony assault second degree with a $150,000 bond, and two counts of felony resisting arrest, set at no bond.

Tami Perkinson was arrested for felony hindering prosecution, with charges pending at the Cole County Prosecutorâ??s Office.

No one was injured during the arrest.