July 11th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

'Barefoot Bandit' arrested in Bahamas

Colton Harris-Moore, a U.S. fugitive dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit," was arrested Sunday in the Bahamas, radio station Love 97 FM told CNN.

Harris-Moore, 19, was taken into police custody on the northern island of Eleuthera, said Love 97's Nikia Deveaux, quoting Glen Miller, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Police were planning to provide more details about the arrest later Sunday morning, Deveaux said.

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  1. mesamanp47

    Hey Colton; Brutus, an in-mate at the Indiana State Prison sent this note to be forwarded to you; Dear Colton, I think you're brave, will you be mine? I do hope so. Love, 0177218 (Brutus LaMongo)

    July 11, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      That is funny!

      July 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam Jones

    I doubt he enjoyed his life on the run very much. Certainly he did not choose it, but was forced into it, possibly by early child abuse, but mainly by his mental illness.

    He has certainly demonstrated great intelligence, but, unfortunately, total sociopathology.

    His only possible defense would be incompetance, but that probably won't fly. (Or can't land...)

    But he has committed felonies in multiple jurisdictions, including the Bahamas and likely also in Canada. Certainly he's a walking poster boy for the 'three strikes' law.

    Judging by his mother's behavior to date, she's not capable of writing a book, so some hack would have to be hired to ghost it. Then she would probably have to be responsible for his depredations before he turned 18. Any funds that came from media sources would probably have to go to the victims, which is as it should be. It's likely the agents and lawyers would suck up most of the gravy and anything that might remain and make its way to Colton Harris-Moore would be designated for the victims of his after 18 crimes.

    So, I'd love to see a movie, tv shows, books and whatever... But I imagine his mother will realise the situation and flake out fairly shortly.

    Something to ponder... Where in the world was he headed? And how would he have paid his way in that local? The citizens of this realm should be thanking their lucky stars!

    So should Colton, actually, as the list of countries that the US doesn't have extradition treaties with reads like a 'Travel Adventures in Hell' brochure, imho. Places where they chop off the hands of thieves...

    What I'd like to see explored is why the US Coast Guard in the San Juan islands seem to be so unequipped to deal with piracy, compared to the Bahamas? Phrases like 'uncommitted', 'idiotic', 'lackadaisical' and 'bumbling fools' spring to mind.....

    July 12, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Llee

    I believe one reason some of us found this young mans adventures so intriguing, was that they (his crimes) pointed out the less than efficient manner in which apparently many, law enforcement agencies in this country perform. How interesting that one teenager, regardless of how intelligent he might be, should be able to elude these "trained professionals" not for a few days, weeks or months, but YEARS! Not only did he avoid capture, he made them look foolish. Oh well, he did the crime so he will probably do the time; but will the police and FBI really learn from this and get their act together? I doubt it.

    July 12, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sam Jones

    I'm hearing bs from his high profile lawyer about 'consolodating' his cases. That wouldn't be a good idea. We only need three to implement the three strikes law and put this sociopath away for life.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dddavid

    Since his mother is so proud of him, maybe she should step up and offer to repay law enforcement for it's expense in capturing him.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Pretty amazing to make it from Indiana to the Bahamas. He had to fly carefully around airports not to get caught by FAA and over large amount of water in small plane. No matter how much you all hate him, it's amazing. Could you learn to fly a plane like that??

    July 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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