- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say a Flint-area man convicted in a fraud scheme attacked a federal prosecutor during a court appearance in Detroit.

Ronnie Duke fled in June after being sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging mortgage fraud. The 46-year-old from Fenton was arrested in Saline Monday morning, more than eight months after failing to surrender to prison officials.

U.S. District Court spokesman Rod Hansen says Duke assaulted a female prosecutor when he made an appearance in federal court Monday afternoon.

According to Hansen, Duke lunged at the woman following his arraignment.

Marshals subdued Duke, and although medical personnel were called, the prosecutor opted to take herself to an area hospital.

Duke’s former lawyer, Harold Gurewitz, says he hasn’t heard from Duke since he fled last year.

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