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Fugitive captured in Paris

A fugitive from Washington state, who had been sought by U.S. Marshals for a year, was captured in Paris last week, according to Paris Police Chief John O’Brien and Logan County Deputy Sheriff David Spicer.

The fugitive, Scott Lawrence 24, was captured on Thursday, Oct. 10 by Paris police officers and county deputies. He remains in the Logan County Detention Center. He was sought for parole violations and originally jailed on an assault charge, Spicer said.

O’Brien described Lawrence as a “violent fugitive.”

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department received information from the U.S. Marshal’s Office that Lawrence may be in the Paris area and living with a woman inside the city limits of Paris.

After investigating, officers were able to locate Lawrence, who was living in an apartment on Third Street, according to O’Brien. As they watched the residence, a Paris police officer saw Lawrence leave on a scooter, O’Brien said. Three Paris PD units and two Logan County units then “jammed him up on Pine Street and took him into custody,” O’Brien said.

Last Friday, Lawrence was brought before 15th Judicial District Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey for an extradition and bond hearing at the Logan County Courthouse in Paris. Lawrence refused to sign extradition papers and Ramey set a fugitive bond at $25,000. At the hearing, Lawrence was represented by Public Defender John Irwin of Morrilton.

In order to extradite, the state of Washington will have to obtain Governor’s Warrant, Spicer said.

“He’s going to stay here until we get that warrant or he’s able to post bond,” Spicer said.

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