Jacqueline Lebaron, one of FBI Houston’s most wanted fugitives, was deported from Honduras and taken into custody by FBI field agents in Texas. The arrest ends a 17-year manhunt that started after a string of murders that were later linked to the Mexican religious sect known as “Lamb Of God.”
Houston FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers announced that local agents in Texas arrested Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron after she was deported from Honduras on May 13. LeBaron was indicted for her participation in multiple murders that involved other “Lamb Of God” members in 1988.
“Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron was the sole remaining fugitive in this tragic case, and therefore this is a significant capture,” said Special Agent Shauna Dunlap in an FBI statement.
LeBaron was charged with multiple crimes, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) violations and conspiracy to obstruct religious beliefs, in connection with June 1988 murders in Houston and Irving, Texas. The Houston FBI branch is looking to hold her without bond.
LeBaron's father Evril LeBaron had 54 children in the "Church of the Lamb of God" compound in Mexico, and was church's leader. He was arrested in Utah in 1972 for ordering relatives to murder his brother who disobeyed him in Mexico, reported Fox News.
LeBaron took over the Church of the Lamb of God with her brother Aaron after her father’s imprisonment. The pair carried out their father’s wishes by killing people on his “hit list,” people their father considered to be sinners. These killings were what led to their arrests.