Escaped Ohio murderer caught after decades on the run

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Escaped Ohio Murderer Caught After Decades on the Run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WJW) -– A man convicted of murder 40 years ago is back behind bars, thanks to the U.S. Marshals Cleveland Cold Case Unit.

Oscar Juarez was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of a Toledo man in 1975. But in 1978, he escaped from the Marion Correctional Institution.

According to the U.S. Marshals, Juarez sawed through the bars of his cell and cut a hole in the prison's fence. He even left a dummy, covered in blankets, in his bed.

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On Thursday, Juarez, now 66, was arrested in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"Great team work, perseverance and determination led to the arrest of one of Ohio's most wanted escaped murderers. We will continue to work on catching the uncatchable. What our investigators have accomplished in the first eight months is outstanding and I am extremely proud of them," U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said in a news release on Friday.

Marshals said Juarez used fake identities, including Eleasor Morales Moreno, to elude police for decades.

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