Examiner readers help cops nail one-eyed fugitive

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Crime,Scott McCabe

The one-eyed fugitive has been arrested.

Thirty-six-year-old Andre Andrew Dougal becomes the 43rd wanted person whose arrest has been credited to readers of The Washington Examiner.

Dougal had been on the run for several months, and U.S. marshals were having trouble tracking him down despite his distinguishing characteristics. Dougal is 300 pounds with a large scar down his forehead, and he's missing an eye.

"He's such an unique-looking guy, he stands out pretty well," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Dave Ablondi.

Dougal had told friends and family that he was going to California, where his father and other contacts lived, but U.S. Marshals deputies were dubious and thought he might be hiding in Prince George's County or Northeast Washington.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force turned to The Examiner for help last week.

When Dougal's story appeared as the "Most Wanted" feature Thursday, authorities quickly received several calls about his whereabouts, Ablondi said. Readers reported he was staying in Southeast Washington near St. Elizabeths Hospital in an area that authorities were not expecting.

"It's a big area with 5 million people. When you can bring it down to just a few square blocks, it helps a lot," Ablondi said.

Ablondi combed the area and distributed fliers to the police officers at the 7th District. As more calls came in, he kept calling to the police station, letting officers know to be on the lookout.

About 11 a.m. on Monday, Ablondi said, police picked up Dougal on the 3000 block of Randall Place SE.

Dougal, 36, was wanted in D.C. for violating the terms of his federal parole for distribution of narcotics, and he's wanted out of Maryland for violating the terms of his probation in a separate drug-dealing conviction.

Ablondi said this is the sixth time Examiner readers' tips led to the capture of one of his cases.

In all, since 2008, federal authorities have credited Examiner readers with the capture of 43 fugitives, including murderers, kidnappers, bank robbers, child sex offenders, rapists and scam artists.

At least eight captures were convicted killers or wanted on a homicide charge.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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