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This Is the Most Swedish Fugitive Ever

He's found sleeping in a bed at Ikea

(Newser) - Police in Sweden say a wanted man was found asleep in a bed in a furniture store north of Stockholm, per the AP . Police spokesman Tobias Ahlen says the staff at the Ikea store in Uppsala contacted the police Monday after they found the 25-year-old sleeping in the bed department.... More »

Drone's Find in Mountain Cave: Man on the Run for 17 Years

Chinese fugitive found barely able to communicate, his body 'devastated'

(Newser) - In 2002, Song Jiang broke out of a prison camp in China, where he was serving a sentence for human trafficking. He wasn't seen for 17 more years—until earlier this month, when a drone finally found him in a cave in Yunnan province, per the BBC and Sky... More »

Fugitive Disbarred Attorney Captured After 8 Months

Richard Merritt is accused of killing his own mother

(Newser) - A disbarred attorney from Georgia who allegedly killed his mother and went on the run instead of surrendering to serve a prison sentence has been recaptured after eight months as a fugitive. Authorities say Richard Merritt was arrested by the US Marshals Service in a thrift store in Nashville on... More »

'Most Wanted' Fugitive Couple Recaptured

Blane and Susan Barksdale were caught in remote Arizona

(Newser) - The Barksdales are back in custody. Authorities in Arizona caught Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan, 59, after their bold escape from a police van last month, reports the Arizona Republic . Both are suspects in the murder of a Tucson man. While being transported from New York state back... More »

Husband, Wife Escaped Using Medical Emergency Ruse

$20K reward offered for info leading to arrest of Susan and Blane Barksdale

(Newser) - A husband and wife being transported across the country to face murder charges used a medical emergency ruse and then overpowered two security guards , tied them up, and left them and a third uninvolved prisoner outside a rural Arizona town, authorities said Thursday. David Gonzales, the US marshal for Arizona,... More »

Wisconsin Fugitive Hides in Bunker for 3 Years

Hunter found Jeremiah Button's hideout

(Newser) - A Wisconsin fugitive hid out for more than three years in a makeshift bunker powered by solar panels and a pedal generator before a hunter stumbled onto him last week, police said. WSAW reports that several months ago Thomas Nelson of Wausau found a bunker with a log door carved... More »

Canadian Police: Fugitives Died Days Before Being Found

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky apparently took their own lives

(Newser) - Police say the two Canadian teens who are believed to have killed three people in British Columbia likely took a final pair of lives—their own. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed on Monday that the bodies found Wednesday in northern Manitoba belong to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. The... More »

Alert River Guide Helped End Hunt for Fugitives

Authorities say motive of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod might never be known

(Newser) - Canadian authorities say they're sure they've found the bodies of missing fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, and autopsies on Thursday are expected to confirm that, reports the CBC . What the autopsies won't be able to reveal, however, is why the pair of 19-year-olds allegedly murdered three... More »

Cops: Millionaire Fugitive Spent 4 Years in Mexico

Police say podcast helped them get leads

(Newser) - Police in Newport Beach say media attention and the " Countdown to Capture " podcast they produced helped lead to the arrest of fugitive millionaire Peter Chadwick. "The podcast about this murder generated leads for us and it was a way to generate interest and created leads and created... More »

Evidence of Teen Fugitives Found on Banks of River

Mounties say they found 'personal items'

(Newser) - The Mounties have a new lead in their weeks-long search for two fugitive teenage murder suspects. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday that they had found items "directly linked" to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky on the banks of the Nelson River, around 5.5 miles from where... More »

Mounties: Search for Teen Fugitives Is Being Scaled Back

'It is not over, not by any means'

(Newser) - After days of searching a vast area of rugged wilderness in northern Manitoba, the Mounties say they are scaling back the search for two teenage murder suspects. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says there have been no confirmed sightings of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, for more than... More »

Mounties Flood Second Town After Sighting of Fugitives

Bear Clan Patrol members say they spotted murder suspects scavenging at dump

(Newser) - The remote community of York Landing, Manitoba, is on high alert after reports that it is now the center of the manhunt for two fugitive teen murder suspects. Members of the Bear Clan Patrol, a Winnipeg-based indigenous volunteer group that sent members to the area to provide extra security, say... More »

Missing Teens Now Suspects in 3 BC Murders

Their burned-out vehicle was found near a body

(Newser) - Canadian teenagers Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were declared missing after their burned-out vehicle was found in northern British Columbia on Friday. Police are still looking for the pair—but they are now considered fugitive murder suspects. The Mounties say the Vancouver Islands teens are suspects in the... More »

He Fled the Feds in 2011. He Was Just Found 'Squatting'

Michael Duane Strain, busted on Native American reservation in Montana, was on most wanted list

(Newser) - They thought he was hiding in Minnesota, but they nabbed him in Montana. USA Today reports 62-year-old Michael Duane Strain, one of the 15 most wanted fugitives on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' list, was busted last week by US Marshals Service deputies on a Native American reservation... More »

Auto Auction Worker Opens Trunk, Finds Man

Wanted felon won't say how he ended up there

(Newser) - A Dodge Challenger Hellcat that arrived at a Pennsylvania auto auction Thursday came with an unwanted extra—a dazed felon from the Bronx. The man was found in the trunk of the vehicle by a worker at Manheim Auto Auction, around 90 miles west of Philadelphia, CBS Philadelphia reports. "... More »

Fugitive Says He'll Surrender for 15K Likes on Facebook

Jose Simms promises he'll abide by deal with cops

(Newser) - A Connecticut police department has reached a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that at least one expert calls unethical. Jose Simms, 29, who is believed to be somewhere in New York, has seven... More »

Man Who Killed 2 in '03 Easter DUI Is Finally Behind Bars

Florida man fled before he could be sentenced in crash that killed retired couple 16 years ago

(Newser) - Justice has been a long time coming for Florida man Henry de la Hoz, who killed a retired couple while driving drunk on Easter Sunday 16 years ago. Victor and Olga Lisabet had been on their way to a sunrise service in South Miami-Dade when they were hit by de... More »

NYPD Cop Supposedly Killed 20 Years Ago 'Very Much Alive'

Lester Pearson, Vincent Ling's alleged 'killer,' was taken into custody in Florida

(Newser) - On Sunday, the New York Daily News and other outlets posted a story on what surely must've felt like a victory of sorts for the NYPD, and justice for one of their own: the capture of a fugitive who was said to have killed an off-duty cop in the... More »

Fugitive's Insane Escape Tale Takes a Tragic Turn

During manhunt for Travis Lee Davis, a man mistaken for him is killed

(Newser) - This much is clear: Travis Lee Davis should be in jail, but he's not, thanks to two hard-to-explain escapes by the 30-year-old. Davis, last seen in Oklahoma, remains on the lam, while a man who resembled him was killed in a confrontation with police. And all that doesn't... More »

Fugitives Taunt Police, Who Are Up to the Challenge

After 'Do ya job' post, three wanted women are arrested

(Newser) - Three women wanted in thefts around Atlanta allegedly taunted police online, telling officers on Instagram to "Do ya job." Now they're in jail. They were arrested Sunday after a brief chase when an Indiana trooper spotted a speeding car, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Police in Georgia... More »

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