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CAPTURED: WMW viewer tip leads Auburn Police to wanted domestic violence fugitive Joseph Leota

CAPTURED:  February 11, 2018

Auburn Police responded to a tip from a Washington’s Most Wanted viewer that Joseph Leota’s vehicle had been spotted at a home on SE 305 St.  When officers arrived and knocked on the door, Leota’s mother answered.  He was located sleeping upstairs.

Leota was arrested and booked into the King County jail where he is being held on $100,000 bail for Felony Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order.  Leota is WMW Capture #961 thanks to tips from our viewers.

WANTED IN KING COUNTY —
King County Sheriff’s detectives in the fugitive unit are asking for the public’s help to find Joseph Leota.

The 47-year-old is wanted for two counts of Domestic Violence Felony Violation of a No Contact Order and has a $100,000 warrant for his arrest.

Deputies say Leota cut off his GPS Tracking bracelet on Tuesday and told his work he had some emergency so he wouldn’t be there for a lengthy period of time.

He is driving a 1999 Silver Mercedes Benz C class with WA plates BDH1855, like the photo below.

His criminal history includes 10 prior Domestic Violence convictions as well as Hit and Run, Reckless Endangerment, DUI, Theft 3 and Assault 4.

Leota is 6’3” 250 lbs. He was last known to be in the Auburn area. If you can tell detectives where to find him, Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000. Submit a tip via the P3 Tips App on your smart phone or at www.P3Tips.com. You can also call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). It is anonymous