January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Nitro linebaker Reuben Foster (2) holds a trophy after he won MVP of Team Nitro during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football Recruiting: Reuben Foster’s Father No Longer on the Run


The father of incoming Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster has been a longtime fugitive, but was captured in Miami on Friday according to authorities. Danny Foster has been on the run since 1996. He’s wanted for assault, shooting into an occupied dwelling and escape.

Danny Foster had shot his Reuben Foster’s mother and Reuben himself during an incident at their home.

According to the report:

Foster, lawmen said, shot his estranged wife, Inita Berry Paige, in the back multiple times while she was holding their 18-month child, Reuben. Reuben was also wounded in the gunfire. A Randolph County grand jury indicted Foster in February 1996, but by then Foster had fled to California.

He was arrested in March 1996 in California and extradited back to Alabama. In December, however, he escaped from the Randolph County Jail and has remained on the lam since then.

“Foster had been on the run for a while now, and this investigation to apprehend him is an example of what can result when tenacious investigators from different agencies work together to get a violent offender behind bars,” said U.S. Marshal Arthur Baylor of Alabama’s Middle District in a statement.

It shows a lot of maturity on Foster’s part that he was able to look past this part of his past and not use it during the recruiting process. He could have easily been a sympathetic figure among the recruiting community, but he kept the publicity about the events of his young childhood under tight wraps.

Every moment that Foster’s father was on the run had to be terrifying for the young man, but he was able to hold it together and put himself on track for a great future.

We are wishing Foster the best during his career at Alabama. He has a bright future ahead of him and has the potential to be a key member of the Alabama defense for the next few years.

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