Broward County

One of Hawaii’s most-wanted fugitives arrested in Fort Lauderdale

Luke J. Warner
Luke J. Warner

Fort Lauderdale police arrested one of Hawaii's Top 15 most wanted fugitives, the U.S. Marshals Service announced Tuesday.

Luke J. Warner, 48, was wanted for skipping out on a 10-year federal sentence for meth-trafficking. Warner, who was last seen in April 2015, was also facing a state prison sentence.

According to the Marshals Service, Warner was arrested March 25 after police spotted him lurking by Galleria Mall. Fort Lauderdale police charged him with paraphernalia possession, but he gave a fake name — Steven Scott. He was released on bond.

Meanwhile, an officer was convinced that the man had given a fake name, and together with Fort Lauderdale Police Career Criminal Unit and Crime Analysis Unit, realized Scott was actually Warner, according to the Marshals Service.

Some digging revealed that Warner was spotted in January stealing merchandise from a Target and a Michael’s store on South Dixie Highway in Miami.

On Tuesday, Fort Lauderdale police went back to look for Warner in the 700 block of North Andrews Avenue. Warner tried to get away, but police managed to apprehend him.

Warner, who has an extensive criminal history including charges of armed robbery, theft, weapon and drug possession, was turned over to the Marshals Service.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff