Fugitive caught at California beach is charged: kidnapping son, illegal sex with niece

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man arrested last week at a Southern California beach has been charged with kidnapping his 3-year-old son and having illegal sex with his 16-year-old niece.

The kids were found safe and Jacob Clare, 35, was arrested Thursday in Dana Point, California, after a resident recognized them from surveillance video released by authorities during the two-week search for the three.

The boy, Noah Clare, had last been seen on Nov. 5 during a visit with his father in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Jacob Clare was supposed to return Noah to the boy’s mother in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Nov. 7, but they never showed up.

Noah’s 16-year-old cousin, who lives in Beaver Dam, went missing at the same time. It is believed she went willingly with Clare, according to prosecutors.

Clare faces multiple felony charges including kidnapping, unlawful intercourse with a minor and incest, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He faces additional charges in Tennessee.

Image from surveillance video in area of San Clemente, Calif. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) 

Last Tuesday, Nov. 16, Tennessee authorities reported that Jacob Clare’s Subaru Legacy was discovered to have been towed three days earlier from the parking lot of an outlet mall off Interstate 5 in San Clemente.

A search of surveillance video from that area turned up images of the three on foot on Nov. 11, the older two wearing large backpacks.

On Thursday, a woman driving her son to school in Orange County’s Dana Point noticed a bearded man with two children who resembled the trio in the photos. Though she later said she was doubtful that the Clares would still be in the area, she called the police. Minutes later, sheriff’s deputies apprehended Jacob Clare at Doheny State Beach.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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