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Man Found Dead by Neighbor Was a Most Wanted Fugitive

Most wanted fugitive Frederick Cecil McLean. Photo: U.S. Marshals Service

By Steve Neavling

For 16 years, Frederick Cecil McLean had evaded capture while on the U.S. Marshals Service’ Most Wanted List. 

Then a resident in a small South Carolina town checked on her elderly neighbor earlier this month and discovered his decomposing body inside his home. 

That neighbor was McLean, who was wanted on child molestation charges in San Diego County. He was living under an alias. 

“The discovery of Frederick McLean’s body marks an end to the manhunt, but the investigation continues,” U.S. Marshals Service Director Ronald Davis said in a statement. “I want to personally thank the men and women of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Oconee County Coroner’s Office who dedicated hundreds of man hours helping the Marshals identify the body and gather evidence allowing us to gain a better picture of McLean’s life as a fugitive.

During an autopsy on Nov. 15, the fingerprints on the body matched McLean’s. 

No foul play was suspected in his death. 

McLean, 70, was wanted on multiple counts of sexual assault on child and was considered a high risk for sexually assaulting young girls. One of the victims alleged McLean assaulted her more than 100 times over a seven-year period beginning when she was 5 years old.

“We wish McLean’s fate had been determined by a court of law 15 years ago,” U.S. Marshal Steve Stafford of the Southern District of California said. “The investigators working on this case never gave up. We hope McLean’s death brings some sense of closure for the victims and their families, especially knowing he can never hurt another child.”


Toothless Bandit? Beer Gut Bandit? Bank Robbers Get Unfortunate Nicknames

File photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Some serial bank robbers have unfortunate monickers.

Consider these three robbers wanted by FBI agents in San Diego County – the “Toothless Bandit,” the “Beer Gut Bandit” and the “Bomb Bandit.”

The three men are wanted for at least a dozen bank robberies in San Diego County, reports NBC San Diego.

Each bandit got his nickname for various reasons. The Toothless Bandit, for example, had just one tooth in the upper part of his mouth, NBC San Diego wrote.

 

“Geezer Bandit” Continues to Frustrate FBI and Locals in Calif.

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He’s back.

As serial bank robbers have done over the the many decades, the man dubbed the “Geezer Bandit” continues to frustrate the FBI and local authorities.

On Friday, the “Geezer Bandit” held up his 13th bank in southern California, this time on Friday at a Bank of America branch in the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County, the La Times reported.

The bandit got his name because he appears to be about 70 or so. He started holding up banks in August of 2009. Most of the robberies have been in San Diego County, but he’s also done stick ups in Kern County and Riverside County.

Recently, authorities have raised the possibility that the man has been using a Hollywood-quality mask to appear older than he actually is.

Calif. “Geezer Bandit” In No Hurry to Retire

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

It appears the California “Geezer Bandit” isn’t about to retire from a life of crime anytime soon.

The FBI says the prolific bandit on Tuesday knocked over his seventh bank since August — this time in Vista, a community in northern San Diego County. The FBI has described him as 60 to 70 years old.

According to authorities, the robber, clad in a blue San Diego Padres baseball cap with a script-style P on it, walked into the California Bank and Trust on Escondido Avenue in Vista at about 9:10 a.m.

The FBI said he waited at a customer kiosk until a teller was available. He then approached with what appeared to be two $20 bills in his hand. The teller, the FBI said, assumed the man wanted change.

But instead he showed the teller a note saying that it was a robbery and that he was armed.

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