July 27th, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Florida killer caught in Colorado after three decades on the run

A convicted killer who escaped from a Florida prison more than 30 years ago was arrested Wednesday in Colorado, authorities said.

Mark Barrett, 60, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals Wednesday morning at his cabin outside of Montrose, the Department of Justice said in a press release.

Barrett was serving a life sentence for murder in 1979 when he scaled prison fences to freedom, according to America's Most Wanted, which featured Barrett's case in January 2010.

Tips led to a Barrett's cabin outside Montrose, where officers disguised as fire protection officials approached him Wednesday morning and engaged in short conversation with him about fire concerns in the area, the Department of Justice said.

Once the deputy identified a tattoo on Barrett's hand, law enforcement officers identified themselves and took him into custody. During the arrest, deputies noticed firearms and what appeared to be a small marijuana grow operation.

Barrett is being held at the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office while he awaits extradition to Florida.

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  1. Madame Royale

    Dear Ed Peterson:

    Who the hell cares about FRED Barrett's numerology, (except for anyone who happens to have that name)?
    The dude in the story's name is MARK Barrett.
    If your going to spam, can you at least keep it relevant to the person in the story?

    Madam Royale

    July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. animalshaverights@gmail.com

    The moron should have gotten rid of the tattoo.

    July 29, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Gort01

      What is that on his chin?

      August 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. paul

    Do you know how to tell if there's been an old Hippie in your house... He's still there.

    August 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. julia randle

    White man got away with murder.When will America wake up about serial killers in America? The police is so busy trying to arrest people for an ounce of pot.America is the laughting stock of the world.Americans weapon is hatred.It is the same weapon satan use on jesus ,and it did not work.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. pugsly

    they should have been able to identify him by the fore skin hanging off his face

    August 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Auggie Doggy

      Maybe we should chip in a quarter, and hire a rat to gnaw off the chin tumor, save the taxpayers the Medicaid expense...

      August 14, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. DTCguy

    Why do the criminals keep coming to Colorado. They keep getting busted here. Either the cops in Colorado are super sharp or the perps are super dull. i.e. the Texas 7, Dougherty Gang, Mark Barrett.

    August 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • gnodges

      Because you can hide out in a remote cabin for 30 years without getting caught?

      August 19, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. hardwired

    That could be the hardest-looking 60 in history. Life on the run must be pretty damn tough.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
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