Marshals Capture Federal Fugitives

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Folks around Tonto Basin say that Dave and Sue Smith were quiet people, keeping to themselves for most of the two years they'd lived at the Lazy J RV park.

Last Thursday, the reclusive couple was identified as Keith and Susan McAlister, husband-and-wife fugitives from Wyoming who've been on the run for the past decade.

The McAlisters have been on the U.S. Marshals' list of known fugitives for the past 10 years, originally wanted on drug charges.

"The U.S. Marshals came to me and said they had an idea the couple might be in the area," Gila County Sheriff's Deputy Darrell Stubbs said. "I did some checking and found them, and they were taken into federal custody."

The McAlisters, Stubbs said, had been living at the trailer park, while Mr. McAlister commuted to a job in the Valley each day.

Along with the McAlisters, marshals also were looking for the couple's son, William McAlister, who also is a fugitive. Federal officers conducted a search of the Tonto Basin home and found information that led them to Flagstaff, where the couple's son was living under an assumed name.

"He was arrested the next day," Stubbs said.

During the search in Tonto Basin, officers also discovered weapons, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and phony birth certificates and Social Security cards. Charges are pending in Gila County.

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