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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 »

Inmate Breaks Out of Max-Security Prison. Again

SC inmate is extremely dangerous, police say

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina say they're searching for an inmate who's extremely dangerous—and has managed to break out of a maximum-security prison for the second time since he began serving a life sentence in 2004. Jimmy Causey, 46, has been missing from the Lieber Correctional Institution since... More »

He Spent 32 Years on the Run. Then Police Received a Tip

Steven Dishman will have to complete his original 7-year sentence in Arkansas

(Newser) - After three decades on the lam, an Arkansas man has been quickly reacquainted with life behind bars. Steven Dishman, 60—who was five months into a seven-year sentence for burglary and property theft when he escaped from the Cummins Unit in Lincoln County, Ark., on May 28, 1985, reports KTHV... More »

Year After Slippery Escape, Warren Jeffs' Brother Is Caught

FBI says he'll face trial for fraud, money laundering

(Newser) - Lyle Jeffs literally slipped from the FBI's grasp last summer, so the agency will likely hold on a little tighter now that he's back in custody after a year on the run. Jeffs, the 57-year-old brother of polygamist Warren Jeffs and a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of... More »

Cops: Inmates Kill Guards, Escape Prison Transport Bus

A manhunt is underway in Georgia for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe

(Newser) - Two convicts are on the loose after overpowering and killing a pair of correctional officers on a prisoner transport bus early Tuesday in Georgia, WSB-TV reports. Ricky Dubose, 24, and Donnie Rowe, 43, were among the 30-some prisoners being transported from Baldwin County Prison. According to CNN , authorities say Dubose... More »

One of Japan's Most-Wanted Men Arrested After 45 Years

Masaaki Osaka, 67, charged with killing a police officer in 1971

(Newser) - After more than 45 years, time is up for one of Japan's most-wanted criminals. NBC News reports Masaaki Osaka was arrested Wednesday in connection with the 1971 murder of a police officer; he's accused of killing officer Tsuneo Nakamura during a street protest in Tokyo in November of... More »

Fugitive Teacher Claimed Teen Was 22-Year-Old Wife

Tipster says Tad Cummins had elaborate story

(Newser) - Tad Cummins turned up in a remote northern California community with a tale of misfortune to tell, according to Griffin Barry, the man whose tip led police to the fugitive Tennessee teacher. Barry tells CNN that when Cummins, 50, and 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas arrived in Cecilville last week, he... More »

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