A Baja California newspaper, Rosarito en la Noticia, has reported that Margie Jelovcic, the common law wife of American fugitive Randy Mark Yager, committed suicide after Yager was arrested a week ago by Mexican police in Rosarito, Mexico.
The couple had lived in Rosarito for the last 17 years as Margie and Steve Rothman. During most of that time, the couple had belonged to a social group of about 750 mostly retired Americans called the Independent Footprinters Association United States/Mexico. A majority of the group’s members are retired policemen. The Footprinters raise money to donate to local organizations including the Rosarito police.
The Footprinters have donated gifts to the children of local police officers, bought local police bullet proof vests and bought the Rosarito police the department’s first Swat vehicle. Margie was named Footprinter of the Year in 2010.
According to the Mexican account, the couple were drinking in a bar called La Maroma when he was arrested by State Preventative Police. The paper reports that Jelovcic chased police “with a pistol in her hand,” then pursued her husband in a tan, 1999 Ford Explorer with the intention of trying to rescue him. Police in turn began to pursue her.
Rosarito en la Noticia reports that Jelovcic had a .25 caliber pistol in her hand as she drove, that she hit a curb outside a MacDonald’s near the Scenic Tijuana-Ensenada Highway, that she flipped the Explorer and then shot herself in the neck. When police arrived they found a second pistol and identification cards from 84 local police officers including Rosarito Deputy Chief Christian Preciado.
There are conflicting accounts of whether Jelovcic died at the scene or in a nearby hospital. The police who pursued Jelovcic were suspended pending an investigation.
Yager was one of seventeen defendants accused of racketeering in a 1997 case formally titled United States of America v. Kevin P. “Spike” O’Neill, et al. He was a former regional boss of the American Outlaws Association and president of the Gary, Indiana chapter of the Outlaws. The most serious charge against him in the indictment was conspiracy to commit murder.
He avoided capture because he and Jelovcic, a former concert violinist, were vacationing in Las Vegas when the indictment was unsealed in June. Jelovcic disappeared in September 1997.
Yager was handed over to U.S. Marshalls about four hours after his arrest. He is currently being held at the Western Regional Detention Facility in San Diego without bail.