For Immediate Release
|March 28, 2016||
Barry Golden, Senior Inspector (954) 214-0301;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
|U.S. Marshals Most Wanted Fugitive from Hawaii Captured by Ft. Lauderdale Police|
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. announces the
arrest of Luke J. Warner, one of Hawaii’s Top 15 most wanted fugitives.
Warner, 48, was arrested today by street crimes officers from the Fort
Lauderdale Police Department on the outstanding federal charges from
Hawaii. On Friday March 25, 2016, Warner was lurking around the Galleria
Mall in Fort Lauderdale. Warner was arrested by Fort Lauderdale Police
on Paraphernalia charges. Warner provided the fake name of Steven Scott
and was released on bond. The arresting Fort Lauderdale police officer
was convinced that Warner provided a false name and contacted the Fort
Lauderdale Police Career Criminal Unit and Crime Analysis Unit. Fort
Lauderdale Police quickly realized Stephen Scott was really federal
fugitive Luke Warner who is wanted from Hawaii. Warner’s picture was
publicized by television and newspaper organizations in South Florida in
early March after the fugitive was spotted in January stealing
merchandise from a Target and Michael’s store on Dixie Highway in Miami,
Warner is wanted in Hawaii for skipping out on a 10-year federal prison sentence for meth trafficking. He is also facing a prison sentence from the state of Hawaii as well. Warner has been on the run since April of 2015. Today when Fort Lauderdale Police went back to look for Warner in the 700 block of N. Andrews Avenue, he fled when he saw Fort Lauderdale Police approaching him. Warner was quickly apprehended. Warner was taken to the Fort Lauderdale Police station for questioning and the U.S. Marshals were quickly contacted.
Deputy U.S. Marshals in Miami had been working the Warner fugitive case since January. Numerous tips from the public were provided to the U.S. Marshals from the media coverage. Many of the tips pointed to Warner being in the Miami area. The Marshals discovered Warner was living at an apartment just north of downtown Miami using a fake name during the month of January. Warner was also living on the streets in Miami frequenting the Metrorail stations and other areas where the homeless gather. He has an extensive criminal history to include armed robbery, theft, weapon and drug possession.
Warner will be turned over to the U.S. Marshals today in Fort Lauderdale. He will face a U.S. Magistrate Judge tomorrow morning on the outstanding federal charges from Hawaii.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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