Man who faked death after hurling hatchet at girlfriend caught six years later

A man who allegedly faked his own death after trying to kill his girlfriend by hurling a hatchet has been arrested after six years on the run.

Christopher Tomberlin disappeared after being arrested over throwing an axe at his then lover in 2015 in Bibb County in Georgia, US.

The weapon missed her and was found lodged in a door at the couple's home, local newspaper the Macon Telegraph reported at the time.

Tomberlin allegedly faked his own death after being released pending charges and evaded arrest until Thursday when he was picked up by police 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma City, the Mail Online reports.

US Marshal Service spokesman Andrew Joseph told reporters on Friday that Tomberlin had been living under multiple aliases in Oklahoma for the past two years.

His whereabouts prior to 2019 are unknown at this time.

Tomberlin's time on the run came to an end when unspecified new information surfaced, suggesting that he might be alive and residing 1,000 miles west, in Oklahoma City, according to the statement.

"Analysts from our Criminal Intelligence Unit worked diligently, and were able to piece together Tomberlin’s latest steps," police stated.

Officers and US Marshals on Thursday tracked down the wanted man to the area of SW 77th Terrace and Douglas Avenue in Oklahoma City, and arrested him without incident.

A photo shared by the authorities shows a crestfallen Tomberlin wearing a bright-blue UnderArmour ballcap, with his arms restrained behind his back.

Joseph said Tomberlin appeared "surprised" when US Marshals and police officers came knocking on his door.

He added that the fugitive had been working from home as a freelance tattoo artist.

"Great work by everyone involved in getting this dangerous man off the streets!" police said.

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