Cairo man arrested twice in two weeks


A Cairo, Illinois, man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested outside the McCracken County Courthouse Monday afternoon – the second time in less than two weeks, Paducah police reported.

Cleyon R. Tanner, 42, was arrested August 8 after detectives found he was in possession of a stolen handgun with a high-capacity magazine. He was charged at that time with careless driving, stopping on a limited access highway, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and receiving stolen property (firearm). Inside his vehicle, detectives found a Glock 9mm handgun reported stolen from a vehicle in McCracken County in 2016. The handgun was loaded, with a 30-round magazine.

At the time of the arrest, Tanner was out of jail on bond for two previous arrests. Tanner bonded out of jail after his August 8 arrest, but a bond revocation warrant was issued for his arrest.

Last week, Paducah police detectives stopped a vehicle he was driving near McNabb Elementary, but Tanner drove away at a high rate of speed. Detectives did not pursue him, in part because of their proximity to an elementary school that was in session.

After that encounter, detectives obtained a warrant charging Tanner with fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle). Tanner was arrested by police as he arrived for court about 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Tanner has prior convictions for assaults, auto theft, drug trafficking and firearm possession, police said. He was arrested in January 2019 on charges of second-degree assault (domestic violence) and being a persistent felon, and in June 2019 on three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine).

He was booked in the McCracken County Regional Jail.

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