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12 Days of Fugitives

December 21st, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

A 61-year-old man who has been on the run since March 1979 was captured on Saturday, as part of the states 12 days of Fugitives campaign. Each day the state has been featuring a cold case. On Saturday, Eugene Richardson was captured in Missouri as a result of a tip after his picture was published. Deputy Corrections Secretary Richard Davison says the arrest should send a message to everyone else on the lamb.

To all the fugitives, I would like to say that it doesnt matter how long ago you escaped, and it doesnt matter where you are hiding,” Davison said. “We are hot on your trail and we are steadily searching for you. You need to know that you will never stop looking for you.

Richardson was in prison for robbing a Tampa drug store at gunpoint. He escaped from a prison work camp in Kissimmee, and has been living under the alias Eugene Ward. The state paid a $3,000 reward for the tip.

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