Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Polygamist Warren Jeffs Finally Arrested in Las Vegas

Finally, Polygamist Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, a leader of a cult polygamous sect, arrested outside Las Vegas, NV late Monday night. Hopefully now, many of his victims will feel safe enough to come forward with their testimony. It breaks my heart to know that these children and many of the women have been forced to live this lifestyle for this long.

Via Fox News: Fugitive Polygamist Sect Leader Arrested in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — The charismatic leader of a polygamous sect was captured during a traffic stop three months after being put on the FBI's Most Wanted List and faces charges he arranged marriages between underage girls and older men.

Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, was arrested without incident just outside Las Vegas late Monday after more than a year on the run, the FBI said. No weapons were found, but the 2007 red Cadillac Escalade he was riding in was filled with items including three wigs, 15 cell phones and tens of thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards, authorities said.

Jeffs has led the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2002 and is said to have at least 40 wives and nearly 60 children. Church dissidents say that underage marriages — some involving girls as young as 13 — escalated into the hundreds under his leadership, and that he broke apart families by casting out married men and reassigning their women and children to others.

John E. Lewis, special agent in charge of the FBI Phoenix division said...... Items inside the vehicle included $54,000 (euro42,160) in cash, gift cards totaling $10,000 (euro7,800), the cell phones and wigs, four laptop computers, a GPS device, a police scanner, and numerous unopened envelopes that were thought to contain more cash.

Two other people were traveling with Jeffs - wife Naomi Jeffs and a brother, Isaac Steed Jeffs, both 32. They were later released.

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1 Comments:

Blogger The Cybrarian said...

So where did he get all the cash?

9/01/2006 12:46 PM  

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