Fugitive Makes It Very Easy for Cops to Arrest Him

Jansen Simon flagged down a deputy looking for a ride
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2017 8:16 AM CDT
Fugitive Makes It Very Easy for Cops to Arrest Him
Jansen Simon.   (Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office)

It's a gimme: A fugitive who authorities say evaded capture since 2013 has been arrested after he flagged down a deputy in Louisiana looking for a ride. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Jansen Simon was walking down Louisiana Highway 182 on Sunday when he flagged down the officer, per the AP. 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, resulting in a fractured skull.

"It’s not clear whether he knew he was flagging down a deputy," says LPSO Public Information Officer Brennan Matherne, per Fox2Now. "Although it was a fully marked patrol car it was also 1:30 in the morning." Simon faces charges of aggravated second-degree battery and two counts of contempt of court. (More fugitive stories.)

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