A search for a fugitive reported missing over the weekend off the coast of San Diego ended Wednesday in the Arizona desert when he was arrested by U.S. marshals while awaiting sentencing for fraud.
James Repetto, 54, of Sandwich, Mass., was taken into custody in Yuma after authorities tracked him to an address in the border town about 150 miles east of San Diego, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
The arrest came five days after a friend of Repetto told San Diego lifeguards he did not return from a 2-mile swim. The report set off a nearly 20-hour search that covered 80 square miles of coastline, Coast Guard spokeswoman Allyson Conroy said.
The Coast Guard called off the search Sunday after investigators discovered Repetto was wanted by federal authorities for failing to follow the terms of his release while he awaits sentencing, officials said.
Repetto has pleaded guilty to using false invoices and stealing $1.3 million from a fruit company.