Warren Dale Watson, person of interest in the killing of a Lakewood lawyer, caught Friday in Idaho

Watson not yet charged in the murder

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - The fugitive called a "person of interest" in the killing of a Lakewood attorney was caught Friday in Idaho, police report.

Lakewood police said Warren Dale Watson, 52, was caught at about 1:15 p.m. Friday in Caldwell, Idaho. Detectives will travel there over the weekend to question him about the death of Claudia Miller.

Miller, 66, was found dead by a cleaning crew in her family law practice in an office building in the 400 block of Union Boulevard.

Miller's cause of death is still not being released, but police did indicate her body showed signs of trauma.

After the discovery of Miller's body, a man was photographed by surveillance cameras using her credit card at two stores. Police spokesman Steve Davis said many tips from the public identified the man in those photos as Watson.

Watson has a four-page CBI record including charges of forgery in 1992, burglary and escape in 1993, vehicle theft in 1999 and escape attempts in 2006 and 2008.

He was also a wanted fugitive on an unrelated case.

ABC affiliate KIVI-TV reports officers in Caldwell found Watson at a home in the 1900 block of Dorchester Avenue, a residential neighborhood about 25 miles northwest of Boise. When the officer arrived to serve an arrest warrant, Watson ran from the rear of the house.

KIVI-TV said the officers briefly lost sight of Watson, but set up a perimeter and eventually took him into custody.

While Watson evaded police, officers were posted to guard six nearby schools. The schools were also put on lockdown until after the arrest.

 

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