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US fugitive is arrested in Israel

Micky Louis Mayon
Micky Louis Mayon was featured on the TV show America's Most Wanted

A US fugitive has been arrested by Israeli immigration police after an international manhunt.

Alleged white supremacist Micky Louis Mayon, who was featured on the US TV programme America's Most Wanted, was seized in a police raid in Tel Aviv.

He is wanted in connection with firearms-related offences in Steelton, Pennsylvania, dating back to 2007.

Israeli officials say they are now preparing to deport Mayon back to the United States.

The US marshals, who are responsible for catching fugitives who have fled abroad, said that after Mayon vanished in 2007, wanted posters had been issued worldwide via Interpol.

"The search for Mayon came to a successful conclusion… with the actions in Israel," said Marshal Michael R Regan in a statement.

"Locating and identifying Mayon in a foreign country sends a strong message that you can run, but you cannot hide. Even though Mayon had fled the country, US marshals and the Steelton police department did not stop in their pursuit of justice."

The statement said that Mayon was wanted in connection with a violent incident in Steelton in April 2007 after which he was charged with reckless endangerment and firearms-related offences.

Apartment raided

A spokeswoman for Israel's interior ministry said immigration police raided Mayon's apartment in south Tel Aviv following a tip-off from Interpol on Monday.

Sabine Haddad said he had arrived in Israel as a tourist in January 2008. He was issued with a one-month visa but stayed on illegally.

"US marshals are on the way here to escort him back to the United States," she said.

"He said... that he did not hold a job while in Israel but made some money by washing dishes and that his parents sent him money to make ends meet."

The website for America's Most Wanted describes Mayon as a white power activist who attended rallies of the Aryan Brotherhood. It warns that he is dangerous and should not be approached.

It said that the incident in Steelton had involved a number of black men who Mayon claimed had been flirting with white women in a bar.

The website says Mayon is also suspected of setting fire to a judge's car in Steelton.

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