Bishop Lyle Jeffs, leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), has been captured nearly a year since he escaped from home confinement while awaiting charges in a multi-million dollar food stamp fraud scheme.
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June 19, 2017 – Jeffs, who fled from federal custody last summer in Salt Lake City, Utah, was arrested Wednesday night without incident at a marina in Yankton, South Dakota, according to the Washington Post. He appeared in court the following day, refusing to answer questions from reporters as he was led into the building.
“The long arm of the law will eventually catch up with you and bring you back to justice,” said John Huber, the US Attorney for the District of Utah. “Undoubtedly, the flight from prosecution and his fugitive status will play a part (in the upcoming court case).”
Last week, the FBI received a tip from a citizen – including a description of the vehicle Jeffs was apprehended in – which proved instrumental in making the arrest.
Yankton is about 400 miles east of an FLDS compound in Pringle, South Dakota. It’s still unclear as to whether church members gave Jeffs support while he was on the lam; however, authorities do know that Jeffs has had limited communication and resources over the past year.
“We knew that this was just a matter of time,” said Eric Barnhart, FBI Special Agent in Charge for the Salt Lake City Division. “He may not have been in physical custody … but he spent that whole time, I am sure, looking over his shoulder, wondering about every police officer he saw, every highway patrolman and what person would eventually give him up, and I believe all of those things played out.”
Following up on a tip, an off-duty Yankton police detective spotted Jeffs’ truck at the marina, called for backup, and conducted a traffic stop, the FBI said.
Jeffs confirmed his identity to authorities and was taken into custody. He is being held without bond on a Federal Marshals Service hold in South Dakota’s Minnehaha County, according to online booking records.
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