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Texas fugitive captured

One of Texas’ Top 10 most-wanted fugitives has been captured in Crawford County.

Leo George Click Jr., 43, of Victoria, Texas, was wanted on suspicion of five counts of felony injury to a child and two counts of criminally negligent homicide, according to a news release from Deputy U.S. Marshal Max Hernandez of the Southern District of Texas.

The Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force out of the U.S. Marshals Western District of Arkansas, along with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Click without incident on Jan. 29 in a residence in the 1100 block of Revis Hill Road in Mountainburg. About an hour later, Click’s girlfriend, 45-year-old Carol Beerwart, was arrested where she worked at Merle’s Steakhouse in Alma on suspicion of felony hindering apprehension, according to Hernandez.

The arrest of Click stemmed from an Aug. 18 incident in which Click allegedly was driving along Texas 35 in Refugio County when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle. Nicole Lowenberg, 45, and Samuel Stoffregen, 14, were killed in the collision, the release states.

A blood sample taken from Click after the wreck indicated he was under the influence of some kind of intoxicant, Hernandez said.

In November, the Refugio County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Click, the release states.

Investigators believe Beerwart was in the vehicle at the time of the collision and helped Click flee Texas, Hernandez said.

On Jan. 23, Click was added to the Texas Top 10 most-wanted fugitives list, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Through a multiagency effort, law enforcement officials with the U.S. Marshals Service, Refugio County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas’ Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force were able to get a lead on Click’s whereabouts and a vehicle description, according to Hernandez.

Both Click and Beerwart were booked into the Crawford County Adult Detention Center, pending extradition to Refugio County. Click is being held on $225,000 bond, the release states.

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