CHP assistant chief arrested, charged with helping rapist son flee U.S.

FRESNO — A convicted rapist was captured in Mexico, and his father — a California Highway Patrol assistant chief — was arrested for allegedly helping him flee, authorities said.

Spencer Scarber, 20, was returned Saturday to Fresno after Mexican authorities took him into custody in Acapulco on Thursday, the Fresno Bee reported (http://bit.ly/ZkLlSc).

Scarber was convicted in absentia on rape, robbery and burglary charges in December. He fled Fresno County three days before his conviction.

His parents and his older sister were arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony conspiracy to help a fugitive escape. His father, 49-year-old Kyle Scarber, is an assistant chief with the CHP's Central Division.

The patrol said in a statement it would conduct a separate investigation into Kyle Scarber's alleged involvement. The father was released from jail Sunday after posting bail.

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