Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests polygamist Mormon sect leader Lyle Jeffs

However, Jeff's lawyer said in a court document that he may have experienced the "miracle of rapture".

Authorities have said the South Dakota congregation is led by Seth Jeffs, brother of Lyle and Warren Jeffs.

Haug wasn't in the store at the time but said his employee thought Jeffs was "acting strangely" and Googled his name after he left.

"He tends to pick up a lot on people". And while his co-worker was deeply suspicious Haug said he knew he had to call police. An FBI spokeswoman said Thursday, June 15, 2017, that Jeffs was arrested in South Dakota on Wednesday, June 14.

The 56-year old Jeffs, and ten others, were awaiting trial on the food stamp charges when Jeffs took off.

Jeffs has been on the lam since June 18, 2016, when he escaped from home confinement in Salt Lake City pending trial on charges in an alleged multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme that included the compound near Pringle, South Dakota.

"That information was absolutely instrumental", he said.

The FBI said an off-duty Yankton, SD, police detective followed a tip about someone who matched Jeffs' description.

"He was living out of his truck", said Barnhart. He waived an identity hearing in federal court in Sioux Falls on Thursday and deferred his detention hearing until he returns to Utah. There is now no evidence that anyone was helping him, authorities said, but they are still investigating.

After he escaped, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had issued a $50,000 reward and a wanted poster saying that Mr Jeffs should be considered armed and risky.

Kevin Haug made a call to police after realizing the man in his pawn shop was a fugitive. He said he and his employee would split the money.

Barnhart said the agency is working to determine if the unidentified tipster will get a reward.

FBI investigations revealed that after absconding, Lyle Jeffs spent time in the Short Creek area in July 2016.

Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has been captured after being on the run for almost a year. The church has a few thousand members and, unlike the contemporary Mormon church, believes in polygamy.

But the joke might be on Jeffs, depending on how law enforcement officials charge him when he is extradited to Utah; assuming that he is brought back. According to the FBI, Jeffs used olive oil to slip out of a Global Positioning System monitoring device and has been on the run for nearly a year.

Jeffs and the other defendants were arrested in February 2016 as part of a federal raid on FLDS offices and two businesses suspected of converting benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into cash.

Jeffs will likely face at least one new felony charge connected to his time on the run, U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber said. "We had very serious concerns". A year ago, he broke out of the ankle monitor and fled.

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