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Alleged sex offender fugitive from Iowa located in Chicago

Updated: April 19, 2012 11:48PM

An Iowa man who went on the lam after authorities accused him of attempting to sexually asault one of his nine children was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Chicago’s Northwest Side early Thursday — ending a nationwide manhunt.

Thirty-six-year-old James Julius Beaudrie of Des Moines was arrested about 7 a.m. in an apartment complex in the 4400 block of North Lawndale Avenue, according to the U.S. Marshals office. The man’s mother was believed to reside at the complex, officials said.

Beaudrie was located by the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, a team of law enforcement officers led by the U.S. Marshals Office. The task force entered the apartment and discovered Beaudrie had fled through a back door, officials said. He was later found hiding under a stairwell in the apartment complex and was arrested without incident, officials said.

Beaudrie was taken to the Chicago Police Department’s central processing center, then transported to Cook County Jail, where he will stay until authorities extradite him to Iowa. He is wanted by the Des Moines Police Department on eight counts of third-degree sexual abuse that followed a six-month investigation of allegations that he tried sexually assaulting one of his many children. The allegations include sexual victimization of a child under 16. An arrest warrant for Beaudrie was issued April 6.

Officials said the Des Moines Police Department asked the marshals for help after learning the man had fled Iowa, kicking off a nationwide man hunt. Officials noted that the 6-foot-2, 400-pound man is a fan of “Magic: The Gathering” and “Yu-Gi-Oh” trading cards and games and might be traveling the nation attending conventions and trade shows where the cards could be bought and sold.

On April 13, the U.S. Marshals office and Salt Lake City police found Beaudrie’s vehicle abandoned at a Greyhound bus station in Salt Lake City, where a convention for one of the card games was held March 31-April 1. On April 17, marshals offered a $3,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Tips from the public, media coverage and ongoing investigations generated leads in seven states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, and Oregon, officials said. Yet, officials said the investigation in Beaudrie’s home town pointed to the West Side apartment complex as a possible address for the alleged sex offender’s mother.

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