South Dakota Fugitive Found in Northwest Iowa

Storm Lake

A 54-year-old man who’d fled a South Dakota prison facility more than a year ago has been found in northwest Iowa.

Police in Storm Lake say David Lee, originally from Minneapolis, was captured Friday. Officers had been tipped to watch for a vehicle listed as stolen from a dealership in Hermantown, Minn. It was found parked near a Storm Lake apartment building. Police say Lee fled when he realized officers were in the area, looking for him. He was found hiding under a mattress in a garage nearby.

He remains in Storm Lake custody, pending extradition to South Dakota.

Police say Lee walked away from a community transition program at the Yankton minimum-security facility on Feb. 8 last year. He’d been serving time for forgery.

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