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Polygamist Fugitive May Have Been 'Raptured': Attorney

Lyle Jeffs' attorney appears (we hope) to be joking with latest theory on disappearance

(Newser) - Lyle Jeffs' lawyer really wishes she could consult with him regarding a food stamp fraud trial involving 11 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fox 13 reports. But the polygamist leader of the FLDS, who the New York Daily News notes had been under house... More »

A Fugitive Is Missing in New Jersey's Sewers

Officials hope he got away

(Newser) - This is one fugitive who authorities hope managed to get away. Keith Jean fled into the sewer system in Newark, NJ, two weeks ago after swimming across the Passaic River to get away from police, and there's been no sign of him since either inside or outside the sewer... More »

Real-Life Face/Off Fugitive Caught in Thailand

Lawyer nabbed by immigration cops who noticed something ... off

(Newser) - A Japanese lawyer who police say altered his appearance through plastic surgery to escape arrest for an alleged stock share manipulation scheme more than a decade ago has been captured, Thai police said Friday. Thailand's Immigration Bureau announced that Yasuo Tsubaki, sought by Japanese authorities for securities fraud amounting... More »

Alleged Killer of Wash. Couple Captured in Mexico

John Reed now in custody in Arizona

(Newser) - After more than three months on the run, the Washington man accused of killing his former neighbors has been arrested. John B. Reed was captured in Mexico on Friday and kicked out of that country for violating its immigration laws, the Seattle Times reports. US Marshals arrested him when he... More »

How This Woman Just Made the FBI's Most Wanted List

Shanika Minor has been on the run for months after alleged murder

(Newser) - Three days after 24-year-old Shanika Minor allegedly shot and killed a nine-months-pregnant neighbor in Milwaukee on March 6, she was charged with murdering both the woman and her unborn child. Then in late April, the feds added charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, reports CBS News . Now, nearly four... More »

With His Mind Slipping, a Killer Took to the Forest

The story of a 35-day hunt for a fugitive in the California woods

(Newser) - One logger summed up the hunt this way: "So what you're saying is, in 400 square miles, you're not trying to find a rabbit. You're trying to find the rabbit—and the rabbit has an assault rifle." Such was the task faced by authorities in... More »

Cops: Dad Kills His Baby While Trying to Shoot Wife

St. Louis man forced family into car at gunpoint

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway for a St. Louis man who fired a shot at his fleeing wife and killed the 8-month-old son she had in her arms, police say. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that during a domestic dispute Tuesday afternoon, Diata Crockett forced his wife and three... More »

Fugitive on the Lam for 48 Years Nabbed in Conn.

Robert Stackowitz escaped from Georgia prison work camp in 1968

(Newser) - Since before man landed on the moon, Robert Stackowitz has been on the run after busting out of a prison work camp in Georgia. That half-century run came to a low-key end Monday in Sherman, Conn., where the US Marshals Service tracked down and arrested Stackowitz without incident, NBC News... More »

Kayaker Goes Missing Off Georgia, Is Found in Okla.

It was all a ruse to evade child porn charges: cops

(Newser) - For two days, authorities conducted a sea and air search for a missing kayaker last spotted in a creek on Georgia's Tybee Island on Sunday night. Then came a bench warrant for his arrest. The 38-year-old kayaker, Cody Magee, happened to be facing charges including attempted child molestation and... More »

US Fugitive Found in Own 'Elaborate Tunnel System'

Jeremy Beebe really didn't want to go to prison: police

(Newser) - Authorities arrested a fugitive convicted on drug and theft charges after finding him hiding this week in what they called an "elaborate tunnel system" dug underneath a trailer home in Alaska, the AP reports. The tunnels narrowed as officers walked further in, forcing them to trudge through on their... More »

1 of 3 Escaped Inmates Caught

Bac Duong was still in Santa Ana

(Newser) - Police captured one of three fugitive inmates on Friday after they escaped a week ago from a California jail while facing charges involving violent crimes, the AP reports. Bac Duong, 43, was arrested by police in Santa Ana, the same city where the trio made their elaborate escape from the... More »

Is This Mystery Woman the DEA's New El Chapo?

Well, maybe...

(Newser) - With El Chapo currently in custody (thanks, Sean Penn!), the DEA has a new most wanted fugitive. Maybe. The Houston Chronicle —citing a BBC Mundo story —claims a "mysterious" Colombian woman named Maria Teresa Osorio de Serna now tops the DEA's list of wanted fugitives.... More »

Fugitive Rapist Dead in Police Shootout

Floyd Ray Cook initially shot an officer, fired at another: police

(Newser) - A fugitive accused of shooting a Tennessee police officer and firing at a Kentucky trooper was killed in a shootout with authorities early Friday, ending a nearly weeklong manhunt. Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene near Burkesville, Ky., after being confronted by state troopers and a... More »

John Walsh Helps Find 'One of My Most Wanted Guys'

Fugitive was on the lam for nearly 25 years

(Newser) - A man wanted for a quarter-century for the rape and torture of two women is finally back in police custody. Some 24 years ago, brothers Paul Erven Jackson and Vance Roberts were accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing at least two prostitutes in Roberts' home in Hillsboro, Ore., where police... More »

Embezzling Suspect Hid for Years on Appalachian Trail

He was on the lam for 6 years after $8.7M vanished

(Newser) - He was known as "Bismarck," a genial, thick-bearded hiker who had become a familiar character along the Appalachian Trail over the past six years and a regular at Susie Montgomery's bed-and-breakfast in a small Virginia town—until the day the FBI showed up. He was in his... More »

This Man Was a Fugitive for 56 Years

'Florida Today' takes a close look at Frank Freshwaters' story

(Newser) - In 1959, Frank Freshwaters escaped from an Ohio prison facility, where he was serving time for manslaughter; in May of this year, he was finally caught in Florida. Florida Today takes an in-depth look at the original crime (a 21-year-old Freshwaters hit and killed a man with his car in... More »

Cops Hunt Runaway Groom Who Skipped Bail

Man becomes husband and fugitive in same weekend

(Newser) - Police, and likely an angry wife, are looking for an Australian man who jumped bail last week. Murat Shomshe was released from Port Phillip Prison in Victoria to attend his wedding July 25, then sneaked out of his house two days later, reports the Herald Sun . The 33-year-old was incarcerated... More »

Fugitive Caught Thanks to Role in Horror Movie

Cops saw his photo in the newspaper

(Newser) - When it comes to promoting a movie, no press is bad press, right? Unless you happen to be a fugitive, in which case any press is bad press. Police in Olympia, Washington, arrested Jason Stange, 44, after recognizing him in photos that ran in the Olympian about the horror movie... More »

Escaped Prisoner May Have Been Drunk When Shot

Richard Matt's body smelled of alcohol, reports Buffalo News

(Newser) - The escaped prisoner who was shot to death on Friday may have been both drunk and sick when troopers finally caught up with him, reports the Buffalo News . The body of Richard Matt reeked of booze, authorities tell the newspaper. That gibes with the report of a cabin owner who... More »

Prisoner Who Escaped in 1959 Finally Caught

Ohio's Frank Freshwaters is picked up in Florida

(Newser) - Safe to say that Frank Freshwaters probably thought he had beaten the system for good. After escaping from an Ohio prison facility in 1959, Freshwaters managed to assume a new identity as William Cox and settle in Florida's Brevard Country. But as Cleveland.com reports, authorities finally tracked down... More »

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