Anti-abortion extremist, domestic terrorist and prison escapee Clayton Lee Waagner was captured yesterday at a Kinko’s in Springdale, Ohio after eluding federal authorities for almost ten months. Waagner was apprehended after an employee recognized him from a US Marshals Wanted poster. After his arrest, federal authorities confiscated a computer, a gun, and almost $10,000 in cash.
Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal was relieved to learn of the capture but urged federal authorities not to stop with the apprehension of Waagner. Smeal said, “We hope that the information gained from the arrest of Clayton Waagner will bring those individuals that aided, abetted, and sheltered him to justice and will crack this network of domestic terrorists that has been plaguing our nation’s reproductive health care clinics for more than 20 years.”
Waagner, who escaped from an Illinois jail last February while awaiting sentencing on federal weapons and stolen vehicle charges, is a self-proclaimed “anti-abortion warrior” who had threatened to kill anyone involved in the provision of abortion services. While Waagner was a fugitive, he was indicted for two armed robberies, possessing a destructive device, being a felon in possession of firearms, being a fugitive in possession of firearms, aggravated assault and auto theft. Most recently, Waagner was named as the primary suspect in two rounds of more than 500 anthrax threat letters sent to abortion and family planning clinics nationwide.
Press Release: Domestic Terrorist Clayton Lee Waagner Captured