A criminal was recaptured by FBI after being free for nearly half of century

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A criminal serving a life sentence who escaped custody in 1971 was arrested by FBI now, nearly half a century, with the help of advanced technology which permitted identification. He was convicted of throwing Molotov cocktails at a house during the Pittsburgh Riots. A woman inside the house was injured in the fire, got pneumonia and died. Leonard Rayne Moses, now aged 68, assumed the identity of Paul Dickson, which he has used since at least 1999. He used the alias while he was employed as a traveling pharmacist in Michigan.

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He was working for the CVS drugstore chain when a store detective became suspicious of him after 80 hydrocodone pills went missing during his shift the day after Christmas in 2019. Moses was arrested at his home in Grand Blanc, Michigan, on Nov. 12 by the FBI’s Detroit Fugitive Task Force. Moses is being held in the Genesee County Jail in Michigan. He is pending an extradition hearing and still faces Michigan state charges before he is brought back to Pennsylvania. „It proves the axiom that you cannot outrun your past,” Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen said to media.