Police in a small Detroit suburb recently stumbled upon the discovery of a life when they accused a man of stealing hydrocodone pills from the local CVS pharmacy where he worked. After taking the fingerprints of the man, a licensed traveling pharmacist named Paul Dickson, authorities learned they had a lot more on their hands than a case of petty theft: Paul Dickson was actually Leonard Rayne Moses , a convicted killer who had been on the I Am for nearly five decades.
“We have never forgotten this case,” Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen said at a press conference Friday announcing the capture of Moses, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Moses was only 16 when he was convicted of murder for the murder of Mary Amplo, 72, in 1968. Moses and his friends used Molotov cocktails to set Amplo’s house on fire in the middle riots in Pittsburgh following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Amplo suffered third degree burns over more than half of her body, and she died several months later of pneumonia, which according to doctors, was the result of his bed rest.
“The arrest of Leonard Moses brings a measure of closure to the family of the victim, Mary Amplo,” Mullen said, adding that the arrest “proves the axiom that you cannot go beyond your past.”
Moses was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life without parole in 1969. But just a few years after his conviction, he was granted interim release to attend his grandmother’s funeral in Pittsburgh – and that’s there he escaped.
Authorities spent years following advice on Moses’ whereabouts and traveling across the country in the hopes of finding him. In addition to being placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, Moses’ face was also featured on billboards erected as part of the search in Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
But it was the combination of new technology and the keen eye of a CVS store loss prevention manager that sealed its fate.
Known as Paul Dickson among colleagues at the CVS store in Saint Clair Shores, Mich., Where he worked, Moses was reportedly caught pocketing pills. Although Moses offered to reimburse the store for them, the unnamed loss prevention official contacted the police instead.
And as soon as law enforcement entered Moses’ fingerprints into the FBI’s next-generation ID system, federal agents decided to ultimately arrest him on an unauthorized federal flight in order to avoid a warrant. containment issued from the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1971. The fugitive task force took him into custody in Grand Blanc, Mich., Thursday.
Michael Christman, special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh FBI, attributed the arrest of Moses to “new technological advances”.
“I hope this arrest will put an end to the family members of Mary Amplo, who was killed in 1968,” he said in a statement. “Sir. Moses will now face justice for his murder.
Although few details of the arrest were released, Christman told reporters: “The officers who made the arrest shouted the name ‘Moses’ and got a response.
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