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Wanted Fugitive Caught Taking Selfies

April 24, 2014, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Wanted Fugitive Caught Taking Selfies
Tyler Peneaux


A fugitive who once served time for a 2006 murder in Nebraska is back in custody facing a long list of charges after violating the terms of his federal parole.

Tyler Peneaux was picked up in Flandreau this week after walking away from a halfway house in Sioux Falls last month. 
While he was able to elude authorities for more than three weeks, authorities say Peneaux slipped up when he used a stolen cell phone to take pictures of himself.

Daryl Whaley of Flandreau still has a hard time wrapping his brain around what happened to him this week.

"Nothing usually happens like this to my world, you know, I usually hear about it from you," Whaley said.

Whaley was uptown and noticed he was missing his cell phone. 

"So I did the old classic, 'Oh, where is it?', so I went out to my pickup to see where it's at.  'Oh, I must have left it at home,'" Whaley said.

When he got home, he discovered the phone wasn't there either. But because his cell phone is synced up with his Facebook page, he noticed strange pictures had been posted on his wall.

"There were three or four people in these pictures they were taking, little kids and everything else.  It was like they were trying to take a family album in one afternoon," Whaley said.

So Whaley called police and when they saw the pictures, they knew who they were dealing with and tracked down Peneaux at a home in Flandreau and made the arrest.  It wasn't until a day later that he was told he had help catch a wanted fugitive.

"They brought the phone back and said, 'The guy who stole your phone is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals and is going back to Nebraska on murder charges,' and I was like, 'Come on! How gullible do you think I am?,'" Whaley said.

Whaley believes it all now, but still can't believe a wanted man would do something so risky.

"It's what I always said, kind of like stupid criminal of the day award if they had one," Whaley said

While Peneaux was out on supervised release, he was arrested last month on grand theft and drug charges and was staying at the halfway house.

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