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Victoria man accused of causing deadly wreck captured in Arkansas

By Jessica Priest
Jan. 29, 2014 at 9 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.


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A Victoria man who eluded police after he was indicted for criminally negligent homicide was arrested Wednesday in Arkansas.

Leo Click Jr., 43, was arrested in the 11000 block of Revis Hill Road in Mountainburg, Ark. Wednesday.

"It (the arrest) all went down smooth. There were no weapons or drugs in his possession or nearby," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Max Hernandez. "He was staying with friends and not working."

Click is being held in Arkansas pending extradition to Refugio County, which could happen in two weeks, Hernandez said.

He is being held in lieu of a $225,000 bond.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety investigators and the Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force worked together to track down Click.

Click faces two counts of criminally negligent homicide and five counts of injury to a child. A grand jury returned the indictments in November.

He is accused of causing a wreck on state Highway 35 in Refugio County on Aug. 18. Two people, Samuel Stoffregen, 14, and Nicole Lowenberg, 45, both of Austin, died.

Six other people were injured, according to earlier reports.

Samuel's father, Jonathan Stoffregen, was happy when he learned of Click's arrest.

"They (law enforcement) did a job that was above and beyond. It means the world to me and his (Samuel's) mother," Stoffregen said in a telephone interview.

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