Army fugitive, on the run since 1977, found in Florida

Army fugitive, on the run since 1977, found in Florida

One of the U.S. Army’s “15 Most Wanted” was tracked down in Deerfield Beach after nearly 37 years on the run, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

James Robert Jones, 59, was arrested Thursday after marshals followed him from his home to his job in Pompano Beach, they said.

He was booked into Broward’s Main Jail on charges of homicide, military desertion and escape and put on a military hold, according to jail records. …

Jones was an Army private when he was convicted of premeditated murder and aggravated assault in 1974. He was serving a 23-year sentence when he escaped from the maximum-security prison in Leavenworth, Kan., in 1977, officials said.

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In January, the Army asked the Marshals Service to help solve the cold case. Using a facial recognition database, investigators found a match for Jones under his alias, Bruce Walter Keith, marshals said.

Jones had gotten a fake Florida driver’s license in 1981 using the name. He changed his birthdate but kept his true birth year of 1954 and used his real address in Deerfield Beach on all personal identification and documents, investigators said.

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