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Published October 13 2011

2 high-profile fugitives wanted in Fargo nabbed by federal authorities

FARGO – U.S. Marshals in North Dakota have captured two suspected criminals wanted on outstanding warrants in Cass County that involved sexual assault and drug-related charges.

Both men had been featured in The Forum’s “Fugitive Focus,” which publishes each Monday.

Henry Asaph Webster, 37, was profiled just this week in The Forum as local and federal authorities with the High Plains Fugitive Task Force sought Webster’s arrest for charges of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Fargo.

North Dakota U.S. Marshal Paul Ward said tips from Forum readers ultimately led to Webster’s arrest in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he had been living and working.

A deputy U.S. marshal in Cedar Rapids located Webster and took him into custody without incident, Ward said.

Webster is also wanted in Black Hawk County, Iowa, on charges of unpaid child support.

Webster will be transferred to Black Hawk County to face the charges there and await extradition proceedings to bring him back to North Dakota, Ward said.

Meanwhile, investigations by the High Plains Fugitive Task Force also led to the recent arrest of a 24-year-old Fargo man who faces multiple drug charges in Cass County.

Nathaniel Leon Hooper was featured in The Forum in June for outstanding warrants that charged him with delivery of ecstasy, delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, and a warrant for probation revocation.

The U.S. marshals’ investigation led them to believe Hooper had fled to Florida.

Federal authorities there located Hooper in St. Petersburg and he was taken into custody without incident.

Hooper also awaits extradition proceedings back to North Dakota, Ward said.

More than half of the suspected criminals featured in The Forum’s “Fugitive Focus” have been taken into custody since the weekly profile started in March.