A former Colorado man, wished by the FBI since 1977, was arrested Wednesday in New Mexico.
Luis Archuleta, often known as Larry Pusateri, was wished on a federal arrest warrant issued in 1977 for his escape from a Colorado jail in 1974, based on a information launch.
On the time of his escape, Archuleta was serving a jail sentence for a 1973 conviction in Denver of assault of a police officer with a lethal weapon, based on the discharge. The warrant remained lively till 2018.
On June 30, a federal warrant was reissued for Archuleta for the cost of illegal flight to keep away from prosecution and confinement — for his Colorado jail escape.
Archuleta, 77, has been dwelling in Española, N.M., for about 4 a long time underneath the alias Ramon Montoya, authorities mentioned. He was arrested in Española.
“This arrest ought to ship a transparent sign to violent offenders in every single place: The FBI will discover you, regardless of how lengthy it takes or how far you run, and we’ll deliver you to justice,” mentioned Michael Schneider, the particular agent in cost, within the information launch. “I need to thank the Española Police Division for working intently with the FBI Denver and Albuquerque Divisions on this investigation and getting this harmful fugitive off the streets.”
A Denver jury in March 1973 discovered Archuleta responsible of taking pictures a Denver police officer within the 4400 block of Mariposa Road, mentioned District Lawyer Beth McCann, within the information launch.
McCann mentioned, “Because of the superb collaboration and tenacity of federal and native regulation enforcement companies, Mr. Archuleta will in the end be held accountable for his actions.”