Amber Alert suspect has history of fleeing police

Records from Texas reveal 1995 arrest

SAN DIEGO - The man wanted in a nationwide Amber Alert has a history of running from the law.

James Lee DiMaggio was arrested by sheriff's deputies in 1995, in Montgomery County, Texas. He was charged with fleeing from police, a misdemeanor.

Records available online did not detail why DiMaggio fled from police, and a call to the sheriff's records office also could not provide any further information on the charge.

An office worker at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department said his arrest was nearly two decades old, and she doubted the arresting officer was still on the job.

The records show DiMaggio also had two warrants, but details on those also were not immediately available.

At the time of the arrest, DiMaggio worked at Ricks Furniture in Spring, Texas, which has since closed its doors. The arrest summary also shows he was born in West Germany.

Police in nearby towns would only say they are aware of the nationwide Amber Alert and of DiMaggio's "history." They would not detail any possible prior arrests by their agencies, and referred Team 10 the Texas Department of Corrections, where no records on DiMaggio could be found online.

DiMaggio is suspected of killing a mother and a second person, setting fire to home with bodies inside in Boulevard, and kidnapping her two children.

Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8, may have been taken by 40-year-old DiMaggio. 

He is believed to have been in a "close platonic relationship" with their mother, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, of Lakeside, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

It was unclear who the second body was inside the burned house, but relatives had posted on Facebook that it was the body of 8-year-old Ethan.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department told 10News, the search was expanded nationwide and DiMaggio is believed to be traveling to Texas or Canada. They did not elaborate on why investigators thought DiMaggio could be headed to those places.

It also was not clear late Tuesday morning why DiMaggio left Texas. Attempts to reach relatives there so far had been unsuccessful.

This story will be updated as new details emerge from DiMaggio's past.

He is believed to be driving a blue 2013 Nissan Versa with California license plate 6WCU986.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321 or after hours at 858-565-5200.

Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The public also can call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Vanessa Torres contributed to this report.


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