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Police Capture Fugitive On FBI’s 10-Most Wanted List

June 19, 1986

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A broken automobile tail light led to the arrest of a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for a two-state crime spree that left four people dead, police said Thursday.

Billy Ray Waldon, 34, was captured early Monday after a police patrol car spotted the broken light and signaled the driver to pull over, said Police Cmdr. Larry Gore.

Instead of pulling over, the driver accelerated and drove several blocks before fleeing the car on foot. After two officers caught him, Waldon identified himself as ″Stefen Midas,″ a transient, Gore said.

Taken to the county jail for resisting arrest, Waldon seemed familiar to a jailer who thought he recognized Waldon from a picture.

″The officer thought about it for a day before he was able to connect what he thought was Billy Ray Waldon’s picture with the suspect he had in custody,″ Gore said. ″Today we were able to confirm that match by (finger) prints.″

Waldon had been on the FBI’s most wanted since May, making his capture a top priority nationwide and putting his picture and description in post offices and other federal buildings.

″He had to know that he was badly wanted,″ Gore said.

He was sought in San Diego for a Dec. 20 purse snatching in which he allegedly shot two men, one fatally, as he fled. He also has been linked to the deaths of woman and her daughter in a Dec. 7 house fire, police said.

He and faces addititional San Diego charges in three rapes, seven robberies, two burglaries, and an arson.

Authorities in Tulsa, Okla., want Waldon in the robbery-related killing of a woman in November 1985 as well five attempted murders in which the victims were shot in the face following store robberies, said Thomas Cuker, an Oklahoma FBI agent.

Waldon was the second fugitive on the list captured this week.

Authorities in Florida announced the apprehension Wednesday of Charles Lee Herron, 49, who had been on the list 18 years, longer than any other fugitive, in connection with the killings of two Nashville police officers.

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