Fugitive in L.A. County rape case captured in Florida
An Army private and Palmdale native who escaped from military custody in Georgia and is believed to have raped a 15-year-old girl from Los Angeles County has been captured in Florida, authorities said Friday night.
Daniel Brazelton, 20, was booked on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice in Volusia County, Fla., after his arrest at a motel by police in Daytona Beach, Fla., said Capt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Brazelton was unarmed and surrendered to authorities without incident.
Brazelton escaped Feb. 11 while being transferred from military to civilian custody in connection with the L.A. County rape, Parker said.
Parker said detectives with the Special Victims Bureau were concerned that Brazelton might try to make his way back to Palmdale, where he grew up.
Brazelton remains in custody and is awaiting extradition back to Los Angeles County.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Daniel Brazelton
Credit: Volusia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Department