NEW: Fugitive turns himself in after hiding in Oklahoma for 30 years
OKLAHOMA CITY — A man’s 30-year run from the law comes to an end in Oklahoma.
The 63-year-old suspect admitted to living under an assumed identity for three decades, before turning himself into police this week.
The fugitive came clean because he said he was being extorted over fundraising money.
The suspect called 911 and admitted he escaped from a prison in Maryland way back in 1980.
He’d been serving time for an armed robbery.
The truth about his criminal past absolutely shocked his landlord, who can’t believe the suspect lived a lie for so long.
“There was no clue there was anything bad about him. It’s just hard to believe,” said, landlord, Patricia Wright.
While his mail is addressed to Jack Watson, the man who rented Patricia’s home is actually escaped convict Anthony Rackley.
Rackley’s ruse came to an end because he worked as a fundraiser for the Lions Club.
Rackley admitted to pocketing 70 percent of donations he collected, a partner took another 10 percent.
“The partner he was working with found out he was an escapee and began blackmailing him for more and more money,” said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.
According to police reports, this week Rackley “decided enough was enough, he didn’t care if he was shipped back to prison, he didn’t want anyone blackmailing him” and called police.
“It’s certainly not a call we get on a regular basis. It’s rare to come across someone escaped prison three decades ago,” said Knight.
“I’m really mostly sad. I loved Jack. I don’t care what he did,” said Wright. “I’m just sad. It’s like he died. I’ll probably never seen him again and he’s been a really good friend.”
Police are still investigating Rackley’s partner.
He has not been arrested.
Officials in Maryland do plan to extradite Rackley back to the east coast.
An employee at the Lions Club says they strongly discourage volunteers from taking a cut of the funds raised because it betrays the public trust, but it’s not strictly against the rules.
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