Police in West Hartford, Conn., say Zachs, who was convicted in the March 22, 1987, murder of Peter Carone, is back in custody today. Zachs was 24 when he was sentenced to 60 years in prison for shooting 29-year-old Carone in the back, but he fled while free on bail during a 1989 appeal and never served any prison time.
Zachs was arrested Tuesday by Mexican authorities working with the FBI and other police agencies in Leon, a small town about five hours northwest of Mexico City, West Hartford police Capt. Joseph LaSata told AOL News today in a phone interview. "It's been years," LaSata said.
Police said Zachs, who has appeared multiple times on the law-and-order show "America's Most Wanted," had been living in Mexico for years and has two teenage children there. Officials said the fugitive owned a number of small businesses in Mexico and was nabbed outside his computer-repair shop in Leon this week. He is being held in a federal prison in Mexico City until he can be extradited to the United States.
In 2008, the FBI and then Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell doubled the reward Zachs' capture to $100,000.