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Man Who Fled on Final Day of Trial Found 10 Years Later

Murderer has been returned to Texas

(Newser) - A man who disappeared on the last day of his 2008 murder trial has been captured in Mexico and returned to Texas, authorities say. Hidalgo County prosecutors said in a news release that 35-year-old Oscar Davila Rodriguez was returned to the US last week. The statement didn't include details... More »

Supposedly Dead Guy Found Alive, Living in Castle

Ukrainian suspect was arrested earlier this month

(Newser) - A supposedly dead Ukrainian fugitive was found earlier this month living like a king, literally. French police detained the man—law enforcement authorities say he is a "high-profile" person but identified him only as "King of the Castle"—on Oct. 5 near Dijon, where he had been... More »

The Woman Looked Like a Man. It Was Their Man

French prosecutor explains how Redoine Faid was apprehended

(Newser) - How do you track down a fugitive who managed to bust his way out of prison with the aid of a helicopter and a grinding machine ? By noticing when a woman has the body of a man, apparently. The BBC reports on how police apprehended Redoine Faid in his... More »

His Escape Was Incredible, but His Time on the Run Is Up

Redoine Faid captured 3 months after breaking out of prison in France

(Newser) - In the Hollywood version, the criminal makes a daring prison jailbreak via helicopter and spends the rest of his life drinking wine on an island. In the real-life version, he ends up back behind bars. Such is apparently the fate of French robber Redoine Faid, who had been branded the... More »

Cops Are Trying to Find This Millionaire Using a Podcast

Peter Chadwick allegedly killed his wife in 2012

(Newser) - The podcast's name is an aspirational one: "Countdown to Capture." The capture part is what the Newport Beach Police Department hopes will result from the six-part series, which it is releasing in a bid to finally catch their man. Details:
  • The crime: The Los Angeles Times reports
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After House Awarded to Ex, Man Tries to Kill Her

'Extremely tense' day in Pa. ends with suspect, his parents dead

(Newser) - The hunt for a Pennsylvania man who cops say shot at his ex-wife, then gunned down his elderly parents on Wednesday is over. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan told reporters Thursday that 59-year-old Bruce Rogal had crashed his minivan into his ex-wife's home earlier that morning, and that... More »

Hatchet Suspect Sought Suture Kit After Attack

He visited urgent-care facility, drug store before Tuesday arrest

(Newser) - Before he was arrested Tuesday, but less than two hours after he's alleged to have killed his former boss with a hatchet in Tennessee, Domenic Micheli visited an urgent-care facility, where he tried to buy a suture kit. The 36-year-old suspect—who police say was limping from a left... More »

Tennessee Fugitive Found 'Laying by Side of the Road'

Sheriff says Steven Wiggins, accused of killing a sheriff's deputy, was captured in Hickman County

(Newser) - An "armed and dangerous" fugitive accused of shooting to death a Tennessee sheriff's deputy has been caught, authorities tell ABC News . "CAPTURED: Steven Wiggins is in custody! More details soon!" the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted around 9am local time Friday, showing pictures of Wiggins after... More »

Story of Man Who Fled Prison in Iceland Gets Weirder

It wasn't illegal, and he likely shouldn't have been in custody anyway

(Newser) - That an inmate escaped from an Iceland prison and fled the country on a plane that Iceland's prime minister happened to be aboard turns out to not be the wildest part of Sindri Stefansson's story. The 31-year-old is suspected of being one of a group of thieves who... More »

Fugitive Eluded Thousands of Cops for Weeks—Until Now

Tatsuma Hirao escaped from minimum-security prison on Japanese island, swam to mainland

(Newser) - Over the past few weeks, Japanese cops kept finding socks and cellphones they thought may have been stolen by the No. 1 fugitive on their list—but they couldn't find the fugitive himself. That changed Monday with the recapture of Tatsuma Hirao, who'd escaped an "open" prison... More »

In Iceland, a Prison-Break Story With a Twist

Sindri Thor Stefansson fled prison, made it 59 miles to the airport

(Newser) - It's a prison-break story with a twist: Officials in Iceland say a man suspected of stealing $2 million worth of computer servers used to mine bitcoin broke out of the low-security prison he was being kept in and fled to Sweden on a commercial plane using someone else's... More »

Fugitive Admits Killing Mom: 'Worst Scream I've Ever Heard'

Multistate manhunt is on for Tennessee's Casey Lawhorn, who also confessed to killing best friend

(Newser) - A multistate manhunt for a Tennessee man is underway after he allegedly confessed via Facebook that he'd killed his mother and best friend. The New York Daily News reports Casey Lawhorn, 22 or 23, said Sunday in the now-deleted post that he used a stolen gun early that morning... More »

He Escaped Capture for Years. Then Facebook Saw His Tattoos

Shigeharu Shirai was arrested Wednesday in Thailand

(Newser) - A Japanese yakuza boss who's been a fugitive since allegedly committing a 2003 murder was done in by his extensive tattoos. The BBC reports Facebook photos of Shigeharu Shirai, variously reported as being 72 or 74, showed the frail and elderly man doing what frail and elderly men might... More »

Manhunt Underway After 3 Killed at Walmart

Colorado cops say suspect fired at random

(Newser) - The man who opened fire in a suburban Denver Walmart Wednesday evening, killing three people, appears to have chosen his victims at random, witnesses say. Police in Thornton say witnesses have told them the man "nonchalantly" walked into the store and begin firing a handgun at people near the... More »

He Was a Chicago Cop for 29 Years, a Fugitive for 14

Eddie C. Hicks has been arrested in Detroit

(Newser) - His FBI wanted poster now reads "Captured." Under occupation, it reads "former police officer." One-time Chicago police Sgt. Eddie C. Hicks was arrested in Detroit Tuesday morning after more than 14 years on the lam. Hicks didn't show up on the opening day of his... More »

Fugitive 'Cocaine King' Finally Messes Up After 23 Years

He now faces 30-year sentence in Italy

(Newser) - A fugitive Italian crime boss is in custody after 23 years on the run following what seems to have been a major slip-up: Authorities in Uruguay say 50-year-old Rocco Morabito, once known as the "cocaine king of Milan," was found after he used his real name to enroll... More »

Man Accused of Killing Cop During Traffic Stop Arrested

Ian McCarthy charged with murder of Missouri officer

(Newser) - A man charged with killing a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop was arrested Tuesday evening, authorities say. Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers say Ian McCarthy, 39, was taken into custody in Henry County, which includes the city of Clinton. McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the... More »

Escaped Ohio Prisoner Found Dead in Parents' Crawl Space

Branden Lee Powell, 32, escaped from a transport van on Friday

(Newser) - A rape suspect who overpowered an Ohio sheriff's deputy to escape a transport van has killed himself during a police standoff, ending a manhunt. Paulding County authorities say 32-year-old Branden Lee Powell shot himself Monday night at his parents' home near Antwerp, about 70 miles southwest of Toledo. Authorities... More »

Famous Singer's Brother on a Texas 'Most Wanted' List

AB Quintanilla, brother of Selena, reportedly owes nearly $90K in child support

(Newser) - A surprising name has popped up on a Texas "most wanted" list: that of Selena Quintanilla's brother. Per People Chica , AB Quintanilla—full name: Abraham Quintanilla, per a Facebook post by the Nueces County Sheriff's Office—is one of the top 10 fugitives in Corpus Christi for... More »

Fugitive Makes It Very Easy for Cops to Arrest Him

Jansen Simon flagged down a deputy looking for a ride

(Newser) - It's a gimme: A fugitive who authorities say evaded capture since 2013 has been arrested after he flagged down a deputy in Louisiana looking for a ride. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Jansen Simon was walking down Louisiana Highway 182 on Sunday when he flagged down... More »

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