Prisoner Who Escaped in 1978 Is Caught

Ohio murderer was living quietly a few states away
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Prisoner Who Escaped in 1978 Is Caught
This undated combination of photos provided by the US Marshal's Northern District of Ohio office shows Oscar Juarez.    (U.S. Marshal's Office via AP)

A convicted murderer has been recaptured 37 years after he left a dummy in his bed and sawed through cell bars to make his getaway from Ohio's Marion Correctional Institution. Oscar Juarez, 66, who was just three years into a life sentence for the shooting death of a Toledo man when he escaped, was arrested in Saint Paul, Minn. on Thursday, reports WKYC. Authorities say Juarez moved to new cities and created new identities during his decades on the run—and dodged recapture by quickly posting bond after arrests under fake names in Texas and California in the '80s—but had apparently settled down in St. Paul, where he had been living under the name of Eleasor Morales Moreno, a woman who died in 1992, reports the Star Tribune.

Residents of the apartment building where Juarez had lived since at 2006 tell KARE-11 he was a pleasant, quiet, helpful man who worked delivering the Star Tribune. "You just never know," his landlord tells Fox 8. "Kinda kept to himself, never had a complaint about him. When he moved in, everything checked out fine." He was tracked down by the Cold Case Unit of the US Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, which is apparently on a roll: Authorities say Juarez is the eighth "uncatchable" fugitive to be tracked down by the squad since it was created earlier this year, reports WKYC. (After 45 years, cops in El Paso say they have cracked the city's oldest cold case.)

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