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Angola fugitive arrested in Arkansas


EL DORADO, ARKANSAS (WTVB) - A wanted child molester suspect has been arrested in Arkansas with the help of Angola City Police and the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department. Mid-afternoon on Tuesday, 30 year old Joseph Dwight McDowell, formerly of Angola, was located and apprehended by the US Marshals Service in El Dorado, Arkansas on a Steuben County arrest warrant charging McDowell with class A felony child molesting.

The warrant was issued on November 15th following a Sheriff’s investigation, but McDowell fled the area and headed south. Sheriff’s detectives reached out to the U.S. Marshalls Service Northern District of Indiana’s Sex Offender Investigations unit to join in tracking down McDowell who was apprehended without incident. McDowell is currently being held in Arkansas at the Union County Jail awaiting extradition back to Steuben County.