Kentucky deputy wanted for murder caught in Iowa

Thursday, October 9, 2008

DES MOINES - A Kentucky sheriff's deputy accused of killing his ex-girlfriend was captured early Tuesday in Iowa.

Randall Creek, 41, of Bowling Green, Ky., was taken into custody without incident shortly after midnight at a motel in Evansdale, near Waterloo.

Creek, a deputy in Simpson County, Ky., is accused of killing Debbie Rediess, 46. She was shot to death outside her home in Smiths Grove, Ky., on Sunday.

Black Hawk County sheriff's Capt. Reid Corson said they had information that Creek was in Iowa, and officers started checking motels.

Corson said an Evansdale police officer on routine patrol spotted Creek's car at a Days Inn shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.

Corson said officers set up surveillance.

"He exited the hotel room unaware that they were there and they grabbed him," Corson said.

Corson said Creek offer no resistence. He had no ties to Iowa, Corson said.

"He wasn't planning on staying in Iowa. He was traveling through," Corson said.

Evansdale is about 600 miles from Smiths Grove, Ky.

Kentucky authorities said Creek confessed in an e-mail to killing Rediess. He also sent e-mails taunting police and threatening a jailer.

Creek waived extradition during a court apperance Tuesday morning, Black Hawk County sheriff's Sgt. Pat Hagerty said.

Creek was represented by the public defender's office. Bond was set at $1 million.

Hagerty said Creek will return to Kentucky. He declined to say when that might happen citing security reasons.

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