Texas Rangers have arrested a Lewis County, Wash., man who has been wanted by police since 2008 for alleged child molestation of a girl in Pe Ell, according to a press release from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael T. Yeager, apparently living as a survivalist in the woods, tried unsuccessfully to flee by water as the lawman approached, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office has been attempting to locate Yeager, 41, since the arrest warrant was issued in 2008, according to the release. Last October he was listed as one of “Lewis County’s Most Wanted.”
He was wanted on suspicion of voyeurism and for six counts of alleged third-degree child molestation for allegedly molesting his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter for several years when they lived together in the Pe Ell area, according to the release.
Earlier this week, detectives received information that he was staying with a relative in Quitman, Texas, 94 miles west of Dallas, according to the release. When a Texas ranger located Yeager on Thursday evening, Yeager was not actually living at a residence; he was living in the woods.
The ranger tracked him through the woods, overtook him, and arrested him as Yeager was attempting to escape by water, according to the release. At the time of his arrest, Yeager had a large amount of survival gear, a rifle, fishing gear and a canoe.
“The Texas Rangers, as well as Chuck Norris, can be proud of this ranger,” Sheriff Steve Mansfield said in the release.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently coordinating with Texas authorities to have Yeager extradited to Lewis County, according to the release.