(WHNT) – Friday, authorities captured a man in Florida who has been on the run for 16 years. Danny Foster had escaped from jail in Randolph County, Alabama in 1996.
Foster is the estranged father of Reuben Foster, a five-star recruit who signed a letter of intent with the University of Alabama on Wednesday. He is the number one rated inside linebacker in the country.
U.S. Marshals arrested Danny Foster on Friday in Miami. Foster had taken on a false identity and gave them a false name when he was caught. He only admitted his real identity after they fingerprinted him.
Foster was wanted by police in Roanoke, Alabama for charges of assault and shooting into an occupied dwelling. The assault charges stem from an incident in which Foster was accused of shooting his estranged wife, Inita Berry Paige, in the back multiple times. At the time of the shooting, Ms. Paige was holding their 18-month-old child, Reuben Foster, who was also shot in the back.
Foster was indicted by a Randolph County Grand Jury on February 6, 1996. He fled the area and was eventually arrested in California on March 14, 1996 and extradited back to Alabama. He later escaped from the Randolph County Jail on December 10, 1996 and had been on the run ever since.
“The objective of the U.S. Marshal Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is to coordinate with our state and local partners to get violent offenders and sexual predators off our streets and make our communities a safer place to live,” said Arthur Baylor, U.S Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama. “Foster had been on the run for a while now and this investigation to apprehend him is an example of what can result when tenacious investigators from different agencies work together to get a violent offender behind bars.”