He had resided in the state of New Mexico for some 40 years under the assumed name Ramon Montoya. Luis Archuleta, 77, is not expected to be freed anytime soon.
He escaped from a Colorado state prison in 1974. At the time, Richard Nixon was embroiled in the Watergate scandal, and Paul Newman and Steve McQueen shared the poster for the movie "The Tower. hellish ”when Luis Archuleta escaped from a Colorado state prison in 1974. The fugitive was arrested Wednesday by the FBI.
He had shot a policeman
"This arrest must send a strong signal to all violent criminals: the FBI will find you no matter how long it takes or how far you flee, and bring you to justice," Special Agent Michael Schneider said, from the Denver FBI office.
Luis Archuleta had been imprisoned for having shot in 1973, without killing him, on a police officer in the capital of Colorado, where he will be returned to stand trial.
77-year-old Lawrence Pusateri, aka Luis Archuleta, who had escaped from a Colorado prison in 1974, was arrested at his home in Española, where he had been living for 46 yrs. under a third name, Ramon Montoya. Denver cop he shot 46 yrs ago caught him! https://t.co/8ZE0S8x3mQ pic.twitter.com/yp9c6tiVSn- Hot In Santa Fe (@HotInSantaFe) August 6, 2020
"Time spent does not excuse or erase his crimes," commented Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen in an FBI statement that did not explain what led to the arrest of the septuagenarian.
A report from CBS Denver