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In East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, a resourceful mother saved herself and her child from a protracted hostage situation using that time-test resource: a note to the teacher. According to WBRZ, the 11-year-old child was sent to school on Tuesday with a handwritten note from the mother, indicating that she was being held against her will, and asking whoever read it to contact the police.

Local authorities, including Sheriff Jeff Travis, were notified, but knew they had to be cautious. Questioning the child, they learned that the hostage-taker was Donald Ray Guy, a known fugitive wanted on domestic violence and battery charges, as well as a car theft in Baton Rouge.

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Donald Ray Guy, brought down by a note.
Donald Ray Guy, brought down by a note.

With the knowledge that Guy was a flight risk (he had skipped out on several court dates), authorities called for backup before entering the house, including a tracking team. But it turned out not to be necessary—he was found hiding in a closet.

Guy was arrested, and the charges from this latest crime added to his rap sheet. Deputies from across the state are going to fight over who gets to prosecute him first.

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The important thing is that a dangerous and sadistic fugitive is in custody. And it's all thanks to one quick-thinking mom using her most instinctive mom skills to save the day. Thank god for notes.