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Fugitive on way back


Former Imlay man captured after six years on the run



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Victor Andrade
August 20, 2008
LAPEER — Victor Andrade, the man wanted on second degree murder charges, will return to Lapeer County this week for the first time since he slipped away from his hospital bed and eventual prosecution in 2002.

The 27 year-old Mexican citizen was captured in May in his home country and according to the FBI, will be returned to Michigan and lodged in the Lapeer County Jail by Thursday night.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Andrade waived his right to a formal extradition hearing. Mexican authorities will bring Andrade to Houston, Texas where FBI agents from Flint will take custody of him. They'll fly back to Flint and turn Andrade over to the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department, Assistant Prosecutor Tom Sparrow said.

According to police, Andrade is responsible for the death of 18 year-old Renee Woodward of Lapeer. She was a passenger in Andrade's vehicle when he flew through a stop sign at Lake Pleasant and Newark roads in Attica Twp. in September 2002, striking another vehicle.

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He was also injured in the accident but walked away from his hospital bed before police could take him into custody. It's believed that Andrade, an illegal immigrant, had been living in Imlay City at the time of the accident but managed to flee to Mexico.

In his absence, second degree murder charges were leveled for Andrade by the Lapeer County Prosecutor's office.

Andrade's case was profiled in November 2006 by the television show America's Most Wanted. More than a year later, an anonymous tip was called in about Andrade's whereabouts. The caller said he'd met and befriended Andrade during a recent trip south of the border to the village of Sante Fe. Andrade had confided to the caller that he was wanted for murder in Michigan and knew he'd been profiled on America's Most Wanted.

Two months later, Andrade was arrested without incident by Mexican authorities.

Sgt. Jason Parks of the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department said Andrade will most likely be arraigned Friday morning by Magistrate Greg Wise via video feed from the jail with the help of an interpreter, Sparrow said.

In addition to the murder charge, Sparrow said Andrade's also been charged with failure to stop after a collision following a 2002 incident in the city of Imlay City.

"We cited that incident in our extradition requests," Sparrow said.

"Obviously, this guy's a dangerous driver."

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