Monday, July 2, 2012

Victim Relieved After Her Fugitive Attacker Apprehended - CBS Local

bryan fuller Victim Relieved After Her Fugitive Attacker Apprehended

Bryan Maurice Fuller was arrested Saturday morning after being on the run from police for two years. Fuller is accused of beating and robbing a North Texas woman in 2010.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) â€" Walking around her North Dallas apartment Monday, Jill Katz was joyfulâ€"â€" the man who brutally attacked her in a Whole Foods parking lot and stole her diamond ring in 2010 has finally been arrested.

“It’s almost surreal,” said Katz “It’s surreal.  It’s been a long, crazy journey.”

That journey began on a night in February 2010 when she went to grab dinner for her family at Whole Foods on Preston Road in Dallas.

She had just walked out and was approached and viciously attacked.

“The first thing he did was start pounding my head into the asphalt that was probably the scariest,” recalls Katz. “I just went into shock.”

Police say Brian Fuller and Timothy Walters wanted her 7.5-carat diamond wedding ring and they ended up getting it.

After the attack, Katz’s injuries were so severe had had to have five surgeries and extensive therapy to heal her emotional scars, “At first you are numb as if it happened to someone else then I hit a stage of going into a cocoon.”

Surveillance cameras captured the shocking crime on video and it led to Fuller’s arrest. Even though fuller had a long criminal history, his bond was lowered from $500,000 to $50,000.

Fuller walked out of jail two years ago and had been on the run since.

“Him being released like that just ripped the wound, ripped the scab off the wound and left me pretty raw,” Katz said. “It was like being violated all over again.”

Two weeks ago, investigators got the break in the case they needed. Fuller was profiled on America’s Most Wanted.

Tips from that show led the U.S. Marshals right to Fuller, who had been living in the small East Texas town of Frankston.

He was living there under another name and was arrested Sunday morning.

Katz admits it’s a huge relief and for her it also means no more potential victims.

“There was something so strong in me because of my situation that possibly someone that for so many years that had been committing crimes and gotten away with them that it would have been my situation that would have been the one that finally stopped this,” she said. “That’s huge.”

Walters who was Fuller’s accomplice was convicted in April and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Fuller should be extradited to the Dallas County Jail within the next 10 days.

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