Most Wanted Fugitive Shin Captured

      July 16, 1999 18:01


      Long time fugitive Shin Chang-won, 32, was
      arrested at 5:12pm Friday at an apartment in Sunchon, Chonam Province and sent to the Pusan Prison from which he escaped on January 20, 1997. He was
      serving a life prison term for multiple crimes and attempted escapes. He had seven previous convictions for
      burglary, prior to his latest sentence, his first detention occurring at age 15 in
      an adolescent detention facility, following his father turning him over to
      police.

      His life on the run included several run ins with the police, the most recent
      being after he was sighted in Chonan city on June 1, this year, but each time he
      evaded capture. A W55 million reward had been offered for information
      leading to Shin's apprehension. Police said that they had been tipped off by a gas repairman who had worked on a cooker in the apartment where Shin was living with an
      unidentified woman. 180 million wons of cash and many valuables were found in the apartment

      Prison authorities in Pusan are to this day unable to explain how Shin was
      able to escape from a high security facility.

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