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Kauai police arrest wanted 'Jesus Bandit'

Richard Leibman Richard Leibman
POIPU, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A wanted fugitive on Kauai, who escaped from police at least five times, is no longer on the run.

Police arrested 35-year-old Richard Leibman, also known as the "Jesus Bandit," on Sunday near the parking lot of the Poipu Sands condominium. He had been on the run since Dec. 4, 2014, when he failed to attend his status hearing at the Lihue District Court.

Police said he tried to escape again by scaling a fence and allegedly kicking an officer numerous times. Leibman was arrested on a $10,000 bench warrant, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

The outlaw, originally from Texas, faces a long list of charges, from breaking into homes to eating other people's food.

Leo McCarthy, who witnessed a prior escape, said Leibman is swift when it comes to escapes.

“The police did a wonderful job, set up a great drag net, set a trap up, stalked him, and the guy is a billy goat,” he said. ”He just went straight up the cliff and there was just no chance.”

Authorities have also sent Leibman to get mental health treatment in the past, but he's absconded.

He is expected to be charged and arraigned in district court this week.

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