WISCONSIN & INDIANA (WITI) — Randy Yager was captured on Thursday morning, October 16th in Mexico — in the Baja region. Yager will be flown back to Wisconsin.
Considered one of the 15 Most Wanted fugitives in all of America, he managed to avoid law enforcement for about 15 years.
Yager was the regional president of the Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana area “Outlaws” — a bike gang. His criminal record includes a 1981 accusation of shooting a rival gang member.
“I’m not saying all Outlaws members are criminals, but some of the persons in that gang have ferocious records,” a U.S. Marshals official said.
In 1983, prosecutors say Yager, known by his nickname, “Mad” planned the arson of a home in Gary, Indiana. Investigators say it belonged to the mother of a fellow gang member — torched for insurance money to help fund the legal defense of another Outlaw.
Twice in 1984, Yager was linked to two serious assaults, including a beating in December of a rival gang member, labeled an attempted murder charge. The assault was carried out with a four-foot metal coat rack. Medical bills totaled $47,000.
Federal law enforcement officials tracked Yager’s travels and in 1997 – 17 of the outlaws were indicted. 16 were rounded up in raids — but Yager wasn’t one of them.
Headlines linked the Outlaws to a 1974 Milwaukee bombing death. The 15-year-old victim was delivering newspapers when he picked up a mysterious package never meant for him. Former Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann calls it the most notorious murder in Milwaukee’s history. He says the person who built the bomb was extremely technically skilled.
Another headline from 1987 described a slain biker whose wife and young son were shot to death in the Town of Jackson. Investigators speculated the Outlaws killed a former member and his family, possibly for trying to cooperate with law enforcement.
Margie Jelovcic – Yager’s girlfriend would eventually go missing as well. Jelovcic was a bartender at a tavern Yager would visit. She was drawn to the Outlaw’s bad boy biker image and the two started dating.
Not long after the 1997 Outlaw round-up, Jelovcic vanished and has been a missing persons case for more than a decade.