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South Dakota fugitive captured in northwest Iowa

  • Associated Press
  • March 18, 2014 - 1:10 PM

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Police in northwest Iowa captured a man who walked away from a minimum-security facility in South Dakota more than a year ago after receiving a tip that he might be passing through the area.

Police in Storm Lake say David Lee, 54, originally from Minneapolis, was captured Friday. The officers were tipped off by law enforcement in nearby Cherokee that Lee might be traveling by car through the area.

A car matching the description of Lee's was found parked near a Storm Lake apartment building. Police determined it was listed as stolen from a dealership in Hermantown, Minn.

Police say Lee was in the building and fled when he realized officers were in the area looking for him. Police chased him by foot and he was eventually found hiding under a mattress in a garage nearby.

Lee is now under Cherokee custody at the county jail, pending extradition to South Dakota. He faces multiple charges, including felony possession of stolen property and misdemeanor interference with official acts. Court records do not list an attorney. He also faces charges on suspicion of money laundering in a separate case.

Police say Lee walked away from a community transition program at the Yankton minimum-security facility on Feb. 8, 2013. He had been serving time for forgery.

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