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Michigan Prison Escapee Caught on Farebeating Charge After 10 Years on Lam

April 28, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ A Michigan fugitive who escaped from a half-way house more than 10 years ago was caught Monday when he tried to ride the New York City subway without dropping a token in the turnstile, police said.

″For the price of a dollar and a quarter, he’s given up about 15 years of his life,″ said Al O’Leary, a Transit Authority police spokesman.

Robert Scott, 50, was stopped by undercover officers on stakeout for fare evaders at a midtown Manhattan station, Sgt. Stephen Shedden said.

Police discovered during a routine background check that Scott had escaped from custody in 1981 in Michigan, where he had been convicted on drug, weapons, burglary and car theft charges.

‴Oh, my past from Michigan finally caught up with me,‴ Shedden quoted Scott as saying.

Scott was carrying $1.45 when he was arrested. He said he was unemployed and had been living in New York for four years.

Michigan authorities said he’ll have to complete five years of his sentence and may be in prison an additional 10 years because of the escape.

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