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Onetime prosecutor of Paris Hilton arrested after fleeing to border

October 2, 2012 |  9:33 am

A former Las Vegas prosecutor who was arrested on suspicion of buying cocaine and fled to Mexico was apprehended in San Diego after apparently posting on Facebook, records show.

David Schubert — a former Clark County deputy district attorney who prosecuted drug cases involving celebrities Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars — is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning, San Diego jail records show. The 49-year-old is being held on a federal fugitive warrant.

Schubert's attorney told the Las Vegas Review-Journal his client called him from San Diego County Jail on Monday. Louis Schneider said his client was arrested at the border the day before, but had planned to fly to Las Vegas and arrange his surrender.

"He decided that he had made a bad situation worse, and he was returning to Las Vegas to turn himself in," Schneider told the newspaper. "He wants to come back and straighten things out."

Schubert decided to turn himself in, Schneider said, after reading newspaper stories about his case and reading messages posted on his Facebook page.

Schubert was arrested in 2011 and sentenced to jail in February of this year, the Review-Journal reported. He remained free while challenging the sentence, but was ordered to surrender Sept. 21 after the Nevada Supreme Court refused to stay the sentence while considering the appeal.

Instead, Schubert hopped a plane for San Diego, where he was believed to have walked to Tijuana.

On Thursday — his birthday — a photo of an empty beach and a note was posted on Schubert's Facebook page, the Review-Journal said.

"Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!" the note read. "All is well. Here is a present for you."

By the next day, other lawyers wrote on Schubert's page and advised him to return to Las Vegas, the newspaper said.

One of the lawyers, Chris Rasmussen, told the Review-Journal he hoped Schubert would get "his life back together."

"I hope this puts an end to it," he said.

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