This fugitive for more than 30 years looked relaxed and laughed when he was finally caught. Photo/Sky News
WASHINGTON – One person fugitive who was sentenced to probation murder and evaded arrest by the police for more than 30 years was successfully arrested. Strangely, he actually laughed when his escape was confirmed to be over.
Greg Lawson, who has been on the run for 32 years, laughed and asked the officer, “how are you?” when he was handcuffed in Huatulco, Mexico.
Lawson, 63, fled Louisiana, United States (US), just before a jury found him guilty of shooting a man named Seth Garlington in 1991 – sparking an FBI manhunt in May of the same year.
In a video shared by FBI News Orleans on X, formerly known as Twitter, Lawson is seen wearing a short-sleeved shirt and a camouflage hat.
Escorted by police officers, he tapped someone on the shoulder while laughing, before another officer turned around to handcuff him.
Douglas Williams Jr., agent in charge of FBI New Orleans, said the arrest would not have been possible without the help of authorities in Mexico.
“We want to thank our partners and the community in this case, who have never given up hope that justice can be served for Lawson’s victims,” he said.
“There is no doubt that Lawson may still be in trouble if our partners in Mexico are not willing to address this issue so quickly,” he added as quoted by Sky News, Sunday (24/9/2023).
The FBI said they always suspected Lawson was hiding in Mexico, but a “tip” they received earlier this month appeared to confirm their theory.