Man Captured 30 Years After Escaping Prison, Was Running a Furniture Business in Florida
A prison escapee has been captured in Florida more than 30 years after he busted out of a Georgia prison, authorities say.
Willie Lee Austin, now 60, was captured in Fort Lauderdale – where he reportedly ran a furniture business – and is now in the Broward County Jail.
He was serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery in Georgia when he escaped on December 29, 1981, police say.
Georgia Department of Corrections investigators recently looked into the case and found a possible alias identity for Austin and an address in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.
According to reports, when officers approached him as he left work, he initially gave them his assumed identity, Larry Jackson, but when they pushed him on the prison break, he said: "Okay, you got me."
During the last three decades, he did not have a single run-in with the law. He moved to Florida, where he set up LJ Office Furniture, according to the New York Daily News.
He will now be sent back to Georgia and could face additional charges for the escape, police said.
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