Pittsburgh fugitive arrested after nearly 50 years on the run

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Pittsburgh fugitive that has been on the run since 1971 was arrested on Thursday in Michigan by the FBI fugitive task force.

Leonard Rayne Moses, 68, threw a molotov cocktail into a Pittsburgh home during riots in April of 1968 following the death of Martin Luther King Jr. A woman was inside the home and burned, who later died from her injuries.

Moses was convicted of first-degree murder but escaped custody in 1971 while attending his grandmother’s funeral.

Moses was arrested for a separate crime in Michigan on Nov. 12 of 2020 and when officers took his fingerprints, they matched from those taken after his initial arrest over 50 years ago. Since fleeing custody, Moses assumed the identity of Paul Dickson.

“I hope this arrest brings some closure to the family members of Mary Amplo, who was killed back in 1968,” said FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge Michael Christman. “Mr. Moses will now have to face justice for her murder. Through coordination with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and our partners in Michigan, we were able to identify Mr. Moses using the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system.

Moses will be brought back to Pennsylvania pending an extradition hearing and charges from Michigan State.

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