FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2003

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U.S. Marshals "15 Most Wanted" Fugitive Captured in Kansas City, Missouri


Larry FLENOIDWhen Larry FLENOID escaped from a halfway house three years ago--allegedly committed a murder on that same--the U.S. Marshals launched a national manhunt for the fugitive. Larry FLENOID is now behind bars.

Larry FLENOID, 52, was arrested today at approximately 12:30 a.m. outside a motel in Kansas City, Missouri, by Deputy U.S. Marshals from the St. Louis and Kansas City offices and members of the Kansas City Police Career Criminal Unit. After authorities closed in on him, Flenoid attempted to flee on foot, but was pursued and captured.

"This case became one of our highest priorities because of the violent crime he is alleged to have committed," said Assistant Director Robert Finan, head of Criminal Investigations for the Marshals Service.

After escaping the Dismas federal Halfway house, Flenoid's violent nature was displayed when he allegedly obtained a firearm and searched out his common-law wife. He allegedly found and dragged her into a car and beat her severely. However, she escaped to her sister's home. Later that night, Flenoid allegedly broke into that home and was confronted by his brother-in-law, whom he allegedly shot and killed. He then kidnapped his wife. But she didn't go without a fight. As she attempted to escape Flenoid's moving car, she was dragged at least a block before she fell free. Flenoid then was pursued by police, but wrecked his car and fled on foot eluding authorities until this morning.

Flenoid was charged with the following crimes in St. Louis County: 1st-degree murder, 1st-degree burglary, armed criminal action, kidnapping, 1st-degree assault, and the unlawful use of a weapon. The U.S. Marshals charged him with escape.

The investigation to capture Flenoid included the use of extensive interviews, surveillance and leads handled by U.S. Marshals' offices around the country. Several leads were generated when Flenoid was profiled on the television show, "America's Most Wanted" in November 2002.

The national manhunt turned up information that Flenoid might be staying in Kansas City area motel. Surveillance was established Monday evening by a task force of U.S. Marshals and Kansas City Police. Flenoid was observed and then arrested Tuesday morning.

He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate in Kansas City today, and will be returned to St. Louis, Missouri, for trial.

Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year U.S. Marshals cleared 23,294 warrants on fugitives wanted by state and local law enforcement authorities in addition to 38,249 federal fugitive warrants.

For more information on the U.S. Marshals and other major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov/.