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Caldwell lauds 1,000th fugitive arrest

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News)— Louisiana's Fugitive Apprehension Unit created by Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell made the unit's 1,000th arrest Monday. Jason Lee Yates, 36, was apprehended in Grand Bay, Alabama, by FAU investigators and Mobile County Sheriff's deputies after a three-state search by the attorney general's FAU. Yates is charged with distributing pornography involving juveniles.

Louisiana FAU investigators say members of the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit discovered Yates had downloaded child pornography while working for a business in Covington, Louisiana. Yates then moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, where Harrison County Sheriff's investigators furthered the Louisiana investigation with their own, charging Yates with three counts of possessing child pornography. Yates was arrested and jailed.

Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit further discovered that Yates distributed child pornography while in Louisiana. A Louisiana warrant was issued for his arrest but, as soon as Yates bonded out in Mississippi, he moved to Alabama. There, FAU investigators along with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office located, arrested and booked Yates as a fugitive wanted in Louisiana. He is currently in the Mobile County Correctional Center awaiting extradition back to Louisiana.

"Capturing 1,000 fugitives in the six years since we built the Fugitive Apprehension Unit is a phenomenal achievement," says Attorney General Caldwell. "That's apprehending a fugitive just about every two days. I'm proud of our investigators with both FAU and the Cyber Crime Unit who find new ways every day in tracking dangerous offenders. We are also receiving an amazing level of teamwork and cooperation from law enforcement agencies across the country to bring these criminals to justice."

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell created the FAU in 2008 to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with locating and apprehending fugitives from justice. Caldwell says the unit was designed to and has successfully pinpointed murderers, rapists, thieves and sex offenders.

"Our Fugitive Apprehension Unit is making Louisiana a safer place," says Caldwell. "Criminals are getting the message that state lines are no longer barriers to tracking them down. We initiated widespread cooperation with law enforcement everywhere to get these criminals off the streets."

Law enforcement agencies needing assistance locating and apprehending a wanted individual can contact the Fugitive Apprehension Unit at (225) 326-6100.

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