Idaho man on the run over child exploitation charges captured

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man wanted on child molestation charges has been apprehended in California.

Police in Coeur d'Alene confirmed Friday that 32-year-old Nathaniel Howell was in custody after several months in hiding. Howell faces multiple counts of lewd conduct with a child and sexual exploitation of a child.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Howell was being sought on a $150,000 felony warrant.

He came close to being captured late last year while visiting relatives in Sagle. Police say Howell arrived at the home on Dec. 27 but spotted officers stationed nearby and ran through the nearby woods, escaping.

Authorities say an extradition hearing will be scheduled to bring Howell back to Idaho.

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Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press