77-year-old prison escapee captured in NM after nearly 50 years on the run

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 7th, 2020 12:27 pm

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Last Updated Aug 8th, 2020 at 11:17 am

A 77-year-old prison escapee who has been on the run for nearly 50 years was captured in New Mexico on Wednesday by FBI agents.

Luis Archuleta, who is also known as Larry Pusateri, escaped a Colorado prison in 1974 while serving a prison sentence for assaulting a Denver police officer with a deadly weapon in 1973.

In 1977, Archuleta was wanted on a federal arrest warrant, which remained active until 2018.

Daril Cinquanta, the retired police officer who Archuleta was convicted of shooting, said Thursday that he was able to track down his former assailant after receiving a phone tip earlier this summer.

"This person says, 'I thought about it, and I'm going to tell where the guy is that shot you,'" Cinquanta said. "Of course I was skeptical. This person gives me his address, his alias, and other facts."

Cinquanta passed the tip along to the FBI who was able to apprehend Archuleta at his home Wednesday with the help of a SWAT team and police from Española, New Mexico.

According to the FBI, Archuleta lived in Española for approximately 40 years under the alias Ramon Montoya. He is being returned to Colorado.

"We are grateful to all of our law enforcement partners who helped bring Mr. Archuleta back to Colorado to serve his sentence for this serious crime," Dean Williams, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, said in a statement. "We hope that this arrest will help bring some peace to the victim in this case."


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