Detroit's Most Wanted Captured: Christopher Calhoun caught in Southfield

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A Detroit man police say terrorized his ex-girlfriend for months, breaking into her home, burning her car and sending her death threats is in custody thanks to a tip from a 7 Action News viewer.

When police initially caught up with Christopher Calhoun, he had weapons and more terrifying evidence of his devious plans, before going on the run.

The U.S. Marshals told 7 Action News he may be one of our most difficult fugitives to locate when we profiled him as a Detroit's Most Wanted.

However, just three days later he is off the streets, taken into custody at a Southfield hotel. 

Calhoun was called a mastermind on the dark web, tech-savvy enough to virtually disappear and evade capture but still so violent and reckless that when he does reappear, there’s no telling what he’ll do.

“When I say terrorizing imagine your windows broken out, somebody stalking you, climbing, breaking out your bedroom window,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Aaron Garcia said.

Calhoun’s ex-girlfriend describes the months after their break up as a living hell.

“Death threats, pictures in front of their house,” Garcia said. “He broke into her bedroom window and crawled in; this was all caught on video.”

It was caught on video until the U.S. Marshals say Calhoun cut the line to his ex’s surveillance camera and set her car on fire.

“We have information he’s very, very, very much into the dark web,” Garcia said.

Those death threats? Pictures outside her house? They came from a burner phone which was untraceable, leaving her helpless and scared for her life.

“He’s a very savvy fugitive; this guy's been convicted, this guy's served time, this guy is a career offender – he knows the system,” Garcia said.

He knew enough to get away with it all, until Detroit Police conducted a search warrant at his home. What they found was a frightening foreshadowing of what Calhoun could have been planning when sending those death threats.

“This is a prior felon with a 12-gauge shotgun pump, three live rounds loaded and to go on top of that they find the phone there on the search warrant,” Garcia said. “Once they look at the phone and do an investigation, that’s when they find out he was the sender of all of these crazy death threats, text messages.”

The fourth-time habitual offender was slapped with a long list of charges and convicted.

“Aggravated stalking, home invasion-second degree, malicious destruction of a building, interfering with communications, the list goes on and on and on and a weapons charge,” Garcia said.

But when it came time to serve time and for his ex-girlfriend to finally live in peace, Calhoun took off.

“We already know he’s a mastermind with fake ID’s fraud and deception, he has access to weapons, and he has a substantial criminal history.

Christopher Calhoun is 41-years-old, and he has used his skills to live off the grid. Police believed he was still on the west side of Detroit and that he’d be easy to spot because of his right, deformed ear.

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