- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2003

U.S. marshals yesterday arrested a St. Louis man wanted for murder, kidnapping, assault and burglary, the second arrest in the last month of a fugitive on the Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted List.

Marshals from St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo., nabbed Larry Flenoid after a brief, early morning foot chase at a Best Western hotel in Kansas City’s outskirts. The 52-year-old was on the run since May 2000, when he fled a halfway house in St. Louis where he was serving a sentence for cocaine distribution.

His is the second 15 Most Wanted case broken by the U.S. Marshals Service since the agency’s June 30 arrest of fugitive Michael Webster in Belize.

Mr. Webster, 32, was wanted for questioning in a 2001 homicide in Chicago, where police also had a warrant for his arrest on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault on suspicion he sexually abused three children in the custody of his mother.

Marshals tracked Mr. Webster to Belize, where he was arrested by U.S. Diplomatic Security officials and Belizean police officers and is presently awaiting extradition to the United States.

Mr. Flenoid was brought before a federal magistrate in Kansas City yesterday and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, armed criminal action, kidnapping, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Marshals said that after fleeing the St. Louis halfway house in 2000, Mr. Flenoid is suspected of obtaining a firearm and going in search of his common-law wife with intent to harm her.

He’s accused of dragging her into a car in St. Louis and beating her severely, although she was able to jump from the car and seek refuge at the home of her sister. Marshals said Mr. Flenoid later broke into the home and was confronted by his brother-in-law, 39-year-old Ricky Forehand, whom Mr. Flenoid fatally shot.

He is accused of then kidnapping his wife at gunpoint and briefly dragging her with his car after she attempted to leap from the vehicle for a second time. Mr. Flenoid later was chased by police until he crashed the car and managed to escape.

Recently, Mr. Flenoid was profiled on the television show “America’s Most Wanted” and marshals working within the U.S. Marshals Service’s fugitive task force program tracked him to Kansas City, where his ex-wife is believed to be the manager of a Best Western.

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