Fugitive on the Lam for 48 Years Nabbed in Conn.

Robert Stackowitz escaped from Georgia prison work camp in 1968
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2016 7:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Since before man landed on the moon, Robert Stackowitz has been on the run after busting out of a prison work camp in Georgia. That half-century run came to a low-key end Monday in Sherman, Conn., where the US Marshals Service tracked down and arrested Stackowitz without incident, NBC News reports. Stackowitz had fled from the Carroll County camp's infirmary on Aug. 22, 1968, and managed to elude authorities for nearly 48 years.

But marshals stumbled on a possible alias Stackowitz was using, and a special US Marshals task force hunted him down at the Sherman address, per a statement. Stackowitz, now 71, is being detained in a Connecticut jail on $100,000 bond until he's extradited to Georgia, where he had been serving a 17-year sentence for robbery by force, per NBC Connecticut. (A homeless man received a $100,000 reward for spotting fugitives in San Francisco.)

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