Man charged in Mankato synthetic drug deaths skips court, wanted by authorities

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 26, 2014 - 5:10 PM
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Tyler Anthony Caputo, age 21, Mankato

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MANKATO, Minn. — A Mankato man facing murder charges in the deaths of two people who ingested a synthetic drug has skipped his latest court hearing and is wanted by police.

The Mankato Free Press reported (http://bit.ly/WVsHRF ) that 21-year-old Tyler Caputo did not appear for a scheduled hearing Friday in Blue Earth County District Court. A warrant had already been issued for his arrest earlier this month after he skipped three drug tests.

Family members also had told investigators he traveled to Chicago, and possibly Ohio. Under conditions of his release, he's not allowed to leave Minnesota without permission.

District Court Judge Kurt Johnson forfeited Caputo's bond, worth $190,000, on Friday.

Caputo is accused of supplying a synthetic drug that killed Chloe Moses, 17, and Louis Folson, 22, in separate incidents in March. The drug was sold as LSD, and according to a criminal complaint, Caputo supplied it to others and the drug went from person to person before being supplied to Moses and Folson.

Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott said authorities are using every tool they have to try to find Caputo.

The cases of three others who have been charged are still moving forward.

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