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Warren Steed Jeffs, Fugitive Polygamist Leader Arrested in Nevada

Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, The fugitive leader of a polygamist Mormon sect ( Fundamentalist JeffsChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints) was  has been arrested in southern Nevada. Warren Steed Jeffs has been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, with a $100,000 reward offered for information leading to his capture.

Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, was taken into custody after he and two other people were pulled over late Monday by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 15 just north of Las Vegas, FBI spokesman David Staretz said.

The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints was wanted in Utah and Arizona on suspicion of sexual misconduct for allegedly arranging marriages between underage girls and older men.


The other two individuals that were with Jeffs at the time of his arrest were identified as one of Warren Jeffs’ wives, Naomi Jeffs, and a brother, Isaac Steve Jeffs, both 32. According to the AP, they were being interviewed by the FBI; however, not under arrest.

Jeffs AP


Jeffs was in federal custody in Las Vegas pending a court hearing on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, Staretz said. It was not immediately clear if Jeffs would face extradition to Arizona or Utah.

Jeffs was indicted in June on an Arizona charge of arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old girl and a married man, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is charged in Utah with two felony counts of rape as an accomplice, for allegedly arranging the marriage of a teenage girl to an older man in Nevada.

Report: Warren Jeffs arrested In Las Vegas

Jeffs was wanted in Arizona on charges of sexual conduct with a minor. He’s also accused of arranging marriages between underage girls and older men and has been charged in Utah with rape as an accomplice. Jeffs also faces a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. 


Fugitive polygamist sect leader caught near Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) — Nevada state troopers found one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, along with wigs, cell phones, laptop computers and more than $54,000 in cash, on a highway north of Las Vegas, authorities said Monday.

Jeffs faces charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution in Utah and Arizona, sexual conduct with a minor, conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor and rape as an accomplice, according to the FBI Web site.

UPDATE: Polygamist Leader Jeffs to Return to Utah to Face Teen-Bride Marriage Charges

LAS VEGAS — The leader of a polygamist sect said Thursday he will not fight extradition on charges that he arranged marriages between underage girls and older men.

Warren Jeffs appeared in court wearing a blue jumpsuit and flanked by armed guards. He nodded when a judge asked if he would be extradited to Utah to face charges there.

(Fox News)



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