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Beltrami County fugitive arrested in South Dakota

A fugitive from Beltrami County was arrested Thursday morning in Brookings, S.D., by South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation special agents and Brookings police officers on an escape charge from Beltrami County, according to a news release from Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.

Lucas Wayne French, 29, was being held at the Beltrami County jail on assault charges and maltreatment of a child, stemming from an incident involving sword-fighting on July 12 in rural Beltrami County.

French had been given Huber (work release) privileges by the court and was working at a local business when he left on a break and didn't return to work. It was discovered that French had also taken money from his employer before disappearing.

French's companion, Carmen Faye Monroe, 31, of Bemidji, was arrested in South Dakota on charges of aiding and abetting the escape. French and Monroe left Bemidji with two children who they did not have legal custody of; the children were recovered unharmed by police.

French was located by Beltrami County sheriff's investigators with assistance from several law enforcement agencies, including the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Brookings police and the South Dakota DCI.