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Archive for Wednesday, October 27, 1993

FUGITIVE CAPTURES IN TEXAS

October 27, 1993

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Chad Beers, a Lawrence man who was being sought by federal authorities on robbery and kidnapping charges, was arrested Tuesday in Corpus Christi, Tex., after a manhunt that encompassed at least three states.

A Greyhound bus station in south Texas marked the end of the line Tuesday for a Lawrence fugitive wanted for robbery and kidnapping.

Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said today that a three-week manhunt for Chad Beers, 24, Lawrence, ended in mid-afternoon when a bus carrying Beers arrived in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Beers had been on the run since Oct. 5, when he escaped from a Douglas County sheriff's officer who had taken him out of jail for a medical examination. He had been arrested Oct. 1 in connection with an armed robbery that morning at Checkers Foods, 23rd and Louisiana.

A week after his arrest, Beers and a companion were featured on "America's Most Wanted" for the Lawrence crime and a kidnapping on Sept. 24 in Arkansas.

Jeff Lanza, FBI special agent in Kansas City, Mo., said investigators from the FBI, Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Department laid the groundwork for the arrest after learning Beers would be in Texas. Lanza would not say how investigators gleaned that information.

He said an FBI agent in Topeka passed along the information to Corpus Christi FBI agents, who, along with Corpus Christi police, arrested Beers.

Lanza said Beers remained in Corpus Christi this morning in the custody of federal marshals awaiting extradition proceedings to begin.

Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jerry Wells said this morning that Beers is facing at least two options: He may be returned to Arkansas to face federal charges stemming from the Sept. 24 kidnapping; or he may be returned to Douglas County to face proceedings on armed robbery charges.

Wells said it was too early to tell where Beers would be sent first.

Prosecutors in the federal case will allege that Beers and Jonathan W. Kliem, 18, Lawrence, stole a car in Conway, Ark., and drove to Clarksville, where they robbed a convenience store.

During their escape, they abducted a 79-year-old Clarksville man and took him to Checotah, Okla., where he was left bound and gagged. He was otherwise uninjured, Lanza said.

On Thursday, authorities acting on a tip generated by "America's Most Wanted" arrest Kliem in Hays. Kliem has waived extradition to Arkansas.

Lanza said Beers had traveled extensively before and after he was arrested in Lawrence.

"We know right now, at least, that he was in Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma, which means he may have traveled through Missouri, too," he said.

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