Elderly Escaped Robber, 70, Caught After 35 Years on the Lam

Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 10:28 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A 70-year-old convicted armed robber who escaped from California's state prison more than 35 years ago was captured Monday in Arkansas, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Michael Ray Morrow was sentenced to five years in the California Institute for Men in Chino in 1973 for an armed robbery in Long Beach. He escaped in 1977 and has been a fugitive ever since, the FBI told the Los Angeles Times.

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But his days on the run came to an end this week after authorities tracked Morrow to Jessieville, Ark. The FBI reportedly nabbed him after running fingerprints from a now-cold 1984 case. The prints led them to a man in Arkansas named Carl Frank Wilson, who turned out to be Morrow.

He was arrested and is reportedly awaiting extradition to California, according to OCWeekly.com.

Morrow was charged with unlawful flight to avoid confinement.

Terry Thornton, spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told THV11.com that Morrow's 1984 arrest was made on suspicion of murder, however no charges were filed and he was released.

If he had stayed in prison on the original armed robbery charge, Morrow would have been released in 1978, just a year after he escaped.

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