DENVER (WR) — A person who escaped from a Colorado jail in 1974 was discovered residing beneath an alias in a small city in northern New Mexico after the Denver police officer he shot a long time in the past helped monitor him down, authorities stated.

Luis Archuleta, 77, also referred to as Larry Pusateri, was arrested Wednesday in Espanola, New Mexico, the place he had been residing beneath the title Ramon Montoya for about 40 years, the FBI stated in a press release.

Archuleta was accused in 1971 of capturing Denver police officer Daril Cinquanta, who had pulled over Archuleta to verify his ID, KMGH-TV reported.

When Cinquanta tried to verify for weapons, the 2 fought and Cinquanta was shot within the abdomen, KMGH-TV stated.

A jury in 1973 convicted Archuleta of assault with a lethal weapon.

Cinquanta, who since retired and began his personal non-public investigation firm, by no means stopped making telephone calls and knocking on doorways in hopes of monitoring down Archuleta, KUSA-TV reported.

His search paid off when a tipster referred to as.

“I get a telephone name from a person and this particular person says, ‘I’ve considered it, and I’m gonna inform you the place the man is who shot you,’ and naturally I used to be skeptical,” Cinquanta stated. “Forty-six years later, and out of the clear blue I get a telephone name. Nicely, this particular person offers me his tackle and his alias … and different details that meant nothing on the time.”

A federal court docket in Colorado issued a brand new arrest warrant involving the jail escape and Archuleta was arrested within the small city about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Santa Fe.

He’s being represented by the Workplace of the Federal Public Defender, which didn’t instantly reply Friday to a telephone message looking for touch upon Archuleta’s behalf

Michael Schneider, the FBI Particular Agent in Denver, stated the “arrest ought to ship a transparent sign to violent offenders all over the place: The FBI will discover you, irrespective of how lengthy it takes or how far you run, and we’ll carry you to justice.”

Cinquanta hopes to go to Archuleta when he’s again in custody in Colorado.

“I might love to take a seat down and discuss to him,” Cinquanta stated. “He could or could not discuss to me. Who is aware of?”