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Fugitive Father Of Alabama Football Recruit Arrested In South Florida

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Danny Foster is accused of breaking out of an jail in 1996 and assuming a new life in South Florida. (CBS4)

Danny Foster is accused of breaking out of an jail in 1996 and assuming a new life in South Florida. (CBS4)

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DANIA BEACH (CBSMiami) – U.S. Marshals have arrested the estranged father of a rising college football recruit with the University of Alabama.

Deputies arrested Danny Foster, father of Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.   They say Foster has been living under the assumed name of Jefferson McClendon, since escaping from an Alabama jail facility in 1996, where he was serving 30 years for shooting his wife and then 18-month old son.

(Source: Brian Andrews/CBS4)

U.S. Marshals arrested Danny Foster, the estranged father of a rising college football recruit with the University of Alabama. (Source: Brian Andrews/CBS4)

Deputy Marshals say the US Marshals Service Office in Montgomery, Alabama developed new information on Foster’s identity and life in South Florida this week and passed the information to Ft. Lauderdale Deputies who tracked him down to a construction site in Plantation on Friday.

Deputy Marshals say he had a Florida driver’s license under a fake name and had been living in Dania Beach trailer park.  Marshals say is not clear if Danny Foster has had any contact with his son Reuben since starting life on the run.

This month, Reuben committed to the reigning college football champs for a second time. Even President Obama knows who he is, and brought up Reuben’s unique Auburn tattoo in a phone call to Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsom in a phone conversation after the team won the Super Bowl.  Reuben got the Auburn tattoo last summer, a day after he flipped teams from the University of Alabama the first time around.

Marshals say Danny Foster will be extradited to Alabama to serve out the rest of his prison sentence from the late 90’s.

He is also wanted for questioning in another Alabama homicide that happened in 1997.

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