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UD254-Waagner

Clayton Waagner

Real Name: Clayton Waagner
Aliases: None known
Wanted For: Terrorism, Possession, Escape
Missing Since: February 2001

CaseEdit

Details: During the late 1990s and early 2000s, 43 year old ex-felon Clayton Waagner had embarked on a cross country "Mission from God" to kill abortion providers, but while traveling in a stolen vehicle with his wife and eight children, their vehicle broke down, and a license check revealed that it had been stolen, so Waagner was arrested. A federal jury in Illinois convicted Waagner of possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. During his two day trial, Waagner claimed the insanity defense, saying that he had received a mission from God after his daughter's miscarriage to kill doctors who provided abortions. Waagner told prosecutors that at the time that the vehicle broke down, he was traveling to Seattle, Washington, to kill an abortion doctor. While he was in jail in Februrary 2001, Waagner used a plastic comb to open a lock on a maintenance closet located in the corner of his cell, and once in the closet, he went through the closet that contained plumbing and entered the attic. Once in the attic, he used several tools to dismantle the roof drain, and then he enlarged the hole and climbed onto the roof. Then, he jumped fifteen feet onto another building, and then jumped to the ground where he soon ran and caught a train and vanished. Amazingly, none of this was caught on security cameras and Waagner was able to escape without detection for hours. Helicopters and dogs searched for the fugitive but with no luck. The National Abortion Federation immediately put their clinics on high alert. The last confirmed sighting of Clayton Waagner was in June of 2001, when he was seen on a surveillance camera robbing a bank in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has not been seen since then and is wanted for escape and terrorism.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the August 16, 2001 episode of Unsolved Mysteries. Waagner was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Results: Captured. On December 5, 2001, U.S. Marshals arrested Clayton Waagner outside of a Kinko's in Cinncinati, Ohio. He had eluded law enforcement for nine months and was the subject of one the largest manhunts by U.S. Marshals. He is also the first man to appear on the U.S. Marshal's "Fifteen Most Wanted List" and the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List." Despite the hundreds of law enforcement that was tracking Waagner, many of them very close to catching him during those nine months at large, the brazen fugitive smiled into the camera of the bank he was robbing and later prominently posted his deadly plans on his web site. Aware that Waagner was frequenting Kinko's to use their computers for his website, the U.S. Marshals posted wanted posters of him at the counter of every Kinko's store in the country. Then, on December 5, Waagner enter the Kinko's store in Cinncinati and began to use the computer for his website. An alert employee contacted the U.S. Marshals and Waagner was soon arrested without incident. Pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, Waagner is now serving a twenty-seven year sentence.
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