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Fugitive caught in makeshift halfway house near Joplin

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Newton County, Missouri -

A fugitive wanted by law enforcement throughout the Four States is caught after eluding police two times.  Doug Alexius has multiple outstanding warrants in Newton and Jasper counties, including assault of an officer, multiple resisting arrests, and attempted burglary.  Acting on tips in December and January, police surrounded homes in Galena, KS and Joplin, thinking they had Alexius captured.  Both times, authorities came up empty.  

But this time, deputies in Newton County caught him.

Take a look at the picture to the right of this story.  This is the property, just outside of Joplin, quiet and serene for the time being, where Newton County deputies say a very disruptive man was hiding.

"We've suspected he's been at this location before," says Newton County Chief Deputy Chris Jennings.

Jennings says Alexius was found inside a cabin, or makeshift halfway house.

"There's quite a few people that come and go through this location," says Jennings.

"You could definitely hear them fighting and stuff, traffic in and out, people, cars, speeding out and stuff," says Chelsea Actison.

Actison lives near where Alexius was arrested.

Actison says, "I never got too close to say, hey, what's going on over there?"

"The actual owners of this property are elderly and they have Alzheimer's," says Jennings.

The property owners live in a different home near this cabin.

Deputies say they wasted no time after getting a tip by phone of Alexius' whereabouts.  After a search warrant was issued, deputies shouted for Alexius to come out of the cabin.  Deputies say Alexius didn't listen, so tear gas was fired through two windows.  Alexius surrendered without incident, as did two women with him.

"They suffered the tear gas for not coming out of the house.  But other than that, we did not arrest them," says Jennings.

But "he" has been arrested, and law enforcement say it's bringing a sigh of relief from the entire Four State area.

"I know every law enforcement agency in the area has been chasing him.  Most have warrants for him, and it feels great to finally get him off the streets," says Jennings.

Alexius is currently being held in the Newton County jail.  He will go through Newton County court, then the legal processes of other counties where he was also wanted.

The property where Alexius was arrested is near 32nd and Crane Drive.

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