Fugitive Max Factor Descendent Wanted for Sex Crimes Captured in Mexico

June 18— Fugitive Max Factor cosmetics heir Andrew Luster was captured in Mexico today, ending a worldwide hunt that began when the 39-year-old convicted rapist jumped bail and fled during his trial in January.

Luster was located by bounty-hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman in western Mexico, according to authorities in Ventura, Calif., following a five-month manhunt. But Chapman was also arrested on charges of possessing an illegal weapon, ABCNEWS has learned.

In an interview with the Associated Press today, a spokeswoman for Chapman said Luster was found at a nightclub in Puerto Vallarta, a beach resort on the western Mexican coast.

The great-grandson of cosmetics mogul Max Factor, Luster was convicted of rape, poisoning and drug possession in January after he fled during a recess in his trial in Ventura.

He was sentenced in absentia to 124 years in prison for multiple counts of rape, poisoning and drug possession involving three women.

Earlier this month, an appellate court in Ventura denied an attempt by Luster's lawyers to appeal his conviction, saying the cosmetics empire heir had forfeited his right to appeal by jumping bail.

His apprehension today ended a high-profile search for the troubled heir, whose sordid life story involving a motley mix of sex, drugs, wealth and corruption is the subject of a TV movie currently in production.