E-T Staff Report
The search for a former Stephenville Yellow Jacket standout is heating up in the Canadian capital.
According to news reports, Cody Wayne Ledbetter, 37, is being sought by Ottawa police following a disturbance Saturday morning in the city's southeast end.
On Monday, the Vancouver Sun, reported that Det. Marty Whan would not comment on the ongoing investigation but did say Ledbetter remains "at large."
According to the Toronto Sun, torontosun.com, Ledbetter, a former CFL (Canadian Football League) quarterback, "narrowly escaped arrest after Ottawa police responded to an altercation at his home" in Ottawa.
The Toronto Sun reported that while police will not comment on the altercation, other residents of Canterbury Square, the apartment complex where the incident occurred, said "a bleeding woman was found staggering through the apartment building hallway early Saturday morning."
The Toronto newspaper also reported that other residents recognized Ledbetter’s face from a photo circulated by police and published in the Ottawa Sun, and also said Ledbetter was a big talker, who "used his real name, talked freely about his career in the CFL and even parked his pickup truck (a 2003 Dodge 4-door pickup) with the distinctive Oklahoma plates in the outdoor lot behind the building."
According to reports, while with the CFL, Ledbetter played second-string for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers before his retirement in 2002.
While Ledbetter was apparently hiding in plain sight in Canada, he has remained the No. 1 fugitive on the Johnson County (Texas) Sheriff Office's Top 10 Most Wanted List. He gained in the top spot on the fugitive list in March.
According to the Toronto Sun, area residents said Ledbetter had been living at Canterbury Square for about six months.
In March, the Empire-Tribune reported that Ledbetter's stint with Johnson County law enforcement officials began in 2003 when, as serving as an assistant coach at Alvarado High School, he was accused of having an improper relationship with a student. He pleaded guilty to the offense in 2005 and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
On Jan. 4, the Johnson County district attorney's office filed a motion to revoke Ledbetter's probation.
"He needs to be off the street," Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford told the Cleburne Times-Review, after Ledbetter was placed on the wanted list. "If he weren't hard to find, he wouldn't be on the most wanted list. We're going through all the normal procedures to find him."
Ledbetter still has family in Stephenville according to reports, although his aunt was quoted in the Vancouver Sun as saying that the family has not heard from him since he violated the terms of his probation.
While Ottawa police have asked residents to be on the lookout for the maroon pickup with Oklahoma plates, Johnson County Crime Stoppers is still offering a reward for tips that lead to his arrest.
Anyone with information on Ledbetter's whereabouts, should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-794-tips (8477).