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Stranded fugitive arrested after flagging down deputy


RACELAND, La. (AP) — A fugitive who authorities say evaded capture since 2013 has been arrested after he flagged down a deputy in Louisiana.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 30-year-old Jansen Simon was walking down Louisiana Highway 182 on Sunday when he flagged down a deputy. Simon told the deputy he was traveling with his friends, but they had left him on the side of the road.

News outlets report the officer verified Simon’s identity and took him into custody. In 2013, authorities say Simon struck another man with a hammer during an argument outside a bar. The man suffered a fractured skull.

Simon was charged with aggravated second-degree battery and two counts of contempt of court.

It’s unclear if Simon has a lawyer.