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Former Santa Monica Resident on FBI's Most Wanted List Killed by Agents

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February 14, 2019 -- A former Santa Monica resident who was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives was fatally shot by FBI agents in North Carolina Wednesday.

Greg Alyn Carlson, 47, who was considered "armed and extremely dangerous," was being sought for several armed sexual assaults in the Los Angeles in 2017, according to authorities ("Former Santa Monica Resident Makes FBI’s List of "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives," September 27, 2018).

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Carlson had been a fugitive for 17 months when FBI agents confronted him at a hotel in the Raleigh-Durham area Wednesday morning, according to the FBI .

“Following an altercation over a gun, Carlson was shot to death by FBI agents,” said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s L.A. field office.

Carlson is the second former Santa Monica resident on the FBI's most wanted list who has been killed in the past four months.

James J. “Whitey” Bulger Jr., a ruthless Boston mob boss who lived in hiding in a Santa Monica rent control apartment for nearly 16 years, was found dead in his prison cell last October ("Former Santa Monica Resident "Whitey" Bulger Found Dead in Prison Cell," October 30, 2018).

Carlson was reportedly living in Santa Monica on July 3, 2017, when he was suspected of committing burglary and a double rape on the 400 N Block of Ogden Avenue in Los Angeles, according to Melrose Action, a crime watch blog.

"According to witnesses, after casing the place in the afternoon," the blog reported, "the suspect entered the residence around 11:50 p.m. and confronted the two young women who had just moved in.

"They were hanging curtains when the suspect threatened them with a gun, tied them up, and then sexually assaulted them," the blog said.

"The escaping victims’ screams alerted neighbors who sheltered the naked women until police arrived."

Carlson -- who detectives believe was a "sexual predator" -- was arrested in September 2017 for an armed burglary July 13 during which he attempted to sexually assault a woman, according to the FBI.

He was charged with burglary, assault with intent to commit rape and assault with a deadly weapon, but was released on bail later that month.

After posting bond, Carlson fled to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where he had ties, before fleeing with "a stolen handgun, a rental car and a significant amount of cash," authorities said.

In November, 2017, he led police a high-speed pursuit in Hoover, Alabama. He was spotted later that month in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, Florida before returning to Mount Pleasant, where he was spotted in November, 2018.

Carlson had been placed on the FBI's List of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives last September.

He became the 520th fugitive to make the list since it was started in 1950.

The FBI offered a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to Carlson's arrest.

It is unclear how the FBI traced him to the hotel here he was killed.

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