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Fugitive in Love Triangle Caught

February 12, 2002

MIAMI (AP) _ A fugitive bar owner agreed Monday to return to New York, 13 years after he was convicted of manslaughter in a love-triangle killing and jumped bail.

Louis Katz, 73, was captured in Panama on Friday and flown to Miami where he waived extradition proceedings in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

Katz was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and assault for stabbing Michael Moriarty to death in Brooklyn in 1986. Detectives said Katz was enraged that his former companion had left him for Moriarty, 37.

Police and prosecutors said he skipped $400,000 bail and fled in 1989. He lived in Panama under an alias.

Katz owned Uncle Charlie’s, a chain of bars popular in the 1980s.

Katz was tracked down in a joint effort by the New York Police Department’s cold-case squad, the FBI and other authorities.

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