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Hot Tip on Cold Case: Fugitive Arrested Nearly a Decade After Murder

This February 4, Yakoub Levy would have had his 10-year anniversary as a fugitive from justice. Instead, the man wanted in a 2000 homicide in Fort Lauderdale will spend it in a jail cell.

The Fort Lauderdale Police are reporting that Levy, one of three suspects in a killing that took place at 2217 Northwest 8th Street, was located in Jamaica, then arrested yesterday when he returned to the states.

More on this later. News release from FLPD after the jump.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is pleased to announce the arrest of a homicide fugitive, who had been on the run for approximately 9 ½ years. The fugitive, Yakoub Levy, was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred on 2/4/2000.

For several years, there has been a cooperative effort amongst many law enforcement agencies to capture Levy. Members of the Fort Lauderdale Police Fugitive squad along with the FBI Fugitive Task Force, United States Marshall Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have worked tirelessly to ensure that Levy is brought to justice.

The homicide in question occurred at 2217 Northwest 8 Street. Officials were able to arrest two other suspects in connection with this homicide. Investigators have worked several leads to locate Levy. Information was developed that Levy was in Jamaica and a joint effort ensued to bring Levy back to South Florida to face his charges. Finally on Thursday, December 10, 2009, Levy arrived back in Fort Lauderdale where he was taken into custody.

The effort of all agencies involved is remarkable and has not only led to a violent fugitive being taken into custody but it also provides additional closure for the victim's family.

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Thomas Francis