Colton Harris-Moore, whom authorities have dubbed the Barefoot Bandit, pleaded guilty Friday to several federal charges stemming from actions that led to his dramatic July 2010 capture in the Bahamas.
Harris-Moore gained notoriety and earned his nickname for allegedly leading police on a two-year manhunt while eluding capture in stolen boats, cars and planes, often while barefoot.
Dressed in a khaki prison uniform at the hearing Friday, Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to seven counts, including stealing an airplane, piloting an airplane without a license, burglarizing a bank and possessing a firearm as a fugitive. He faces additional charges in Washington state.FULL STORY
Accused "barefoot bandit" Colton Harris-Moore was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in connection with thefts in the Pacific Northwest over two years, federal prosecutors in Washington said.
The 19-year-old gained notoriety for allegedly stealing planes and flying without a pilot's certificate, and sometimes without shoes. His time on the run ended on July 11 when he was captured in the Bahamas after flying 1,000 miles in a stolen plane from Indiana, authorities said.
He is charged with interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel, the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Seattle said.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Nov. 18.
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The so-called "barefoot bandit," Colton Harris-Moore, pleaded guilty in
a Bahamian court Tuesday to a charge of illegally landing a plane, and was sentenced to three months in jail or a $300 fine, police said.
A deportation order was also entered, said police spokeswoman Sgt.
[Posted at 11:43 a.m.] A teenage fugitive known as the "barefoot bandit" was set to be
arraigned Tuesday before the Bahamas chief magistrate on a variety of charges, authorities said.
Colton Harris-Moore, 19, faces charges including a weapons charge, said Royal Bahamas Police Force spokeswoman Sgt. Chrislyn Skippings. She said she was awaiting court documents to find out the specific charges.
Harris-Moore is set to appear at 12 p.m. ET before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez. At that hearing, the charges against him will be read, Skippings said.
Harris-Moore was taken into custody on Harbour Island in the Bahamas
early Sunday. He is sought in a string of home and airport break-ins along with thefts of vehicles. He faces charges in Washington state in the theft of an aircraft, and police have said they believe he stole a plane in Indiana and flew it to the Bahamas, where it was found off Abaco Island.
The teen has been on the run since he escaped from a juvenile halfway house in Renton, Washington, in 2008. The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
"At this point, we're not aware of any requests from the U.S. government or any government for extradition of the young man," said Quincy Parker, spokesman for the Bahamas embassy in Washington. Such a request must be made, he said. "That's how it works. It's not a matter of police force to police force."
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The Barefoot Bandit has more than 80,000 Facebook fans who see him as a folk hero, a modern-day Jesse James. But police say Colton Harris-Moore is a brazen 19-year-old criminal, pure and simple.
The beginning and end of Harris-Moore's two-year run as a wanted fugitive is the stuff of Hollywood. Indeed, one studio has optioned his story. But police and some of his victims don't think he should be glamorized as he makes his first court appearance Tuesday.
"They can never imprison a mind like yours Colton," wrote one admirer on Harris-Moore's Facebook fan page Monday, a day after he was captured during a high-speed boat chase in the Bahamas.
After eluding authorities for years from Washington state to Indiana, a notorious teenage fugitive called the "barefoot bandit" was arrested Sunday following a high-speed boat chase in the Bahamas, police said.
Police said 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore was taken into custody without incident following the chase in the waters off Harbour Island. Authorities responded to a reported sighting of Harris-Moore just after 2 a.m ET Sunday, said police commissioner Ellison Greenslade.