“The FBI will find you no matter how long it takes or how far you flee”: A fugitive has been arrested in the United States after 46 years on the run.
Richard Nixon was embroiled in the Watergate scandal, and Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were sharing the poster for “The Hell Tower” when Luis Archuleta escaped from a Colorado state prison in 1974.
The fugitive, now 77, was arrested Wednesday by the US Federal Police (FBI) in New Mexico, where he had resided for 40 years under a false identity, Ramon Montoya.
“This arrest must send a strong signal to all violent criminals: the FBI will find you no matter how long it takes or how far you flee, and bring you to justice,” Special Agent Michael Schneider said, from the Denver FBI office.
Luis Archuleta had been imprisoned for having shot in 1973, without killing him, on a police officer in the capital of Colorado, where he will be returned to stand trial.
“The time spent does not excuse or erase his crimes,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen in an FBI statement that did not explain what led to the arrest of the septuagenarian.