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After months of investigation Arkansas man arrested in Wayne County

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The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in New York State has announced the arrest of Joshua D. Payne, a 38-year-old man from the Town of Sheridan in Arkansas, following several warrant investigations.

Payne was taken into custody for three warrants, including an arrest warrant issued by the Town of Lyons Court for Petit Larceny, a bench warrant issued by Wayne County, County Court for first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree harassment. There was another bench warrant issued by the Town of Lyons for second-degree criminal contempt.


The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has been tracking Payne’s whereabouts since December 2021 as he hitchhiked across several states in the United States, including Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and finally ending up in Arkansas. The Sheriff’s Office worked with the Arkansas State Police and the Sheridan Police Department to locate and apprehend Payne.

Following his arrest in Arkansas, Payne was extradited to New York State and transported to Booking. He is set to be arraigned at the Wayne County CAP Court at a later date and time. Payne is also scheduled to appear in The County Court of Wayne on separate charges.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has credited the multi-agency investigation and cooperation between law enforcement agencies across several states for Payne’s arrest. The case serves as a reminder that law enforcement agencies work together to ensure that justice is served, regardless of state lines.