Officials: Man who escaped from prison in 1981 is arrested

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Posted: Aug 07, 2015 10:46 AM

LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A 60-year-old Georgia man has been captured in South Florida after more than three decades on the run.

Officials say Willie Lee Austin is in the Broward County Jail on an out-of-state hold Friday morning after he was captured Wednesday in suburban Fort Lauderdale.

The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that Austin was serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery after being convicted in Muscogee County, Georgia. He escaped Dec. 27, 1981.

Officials say Georgia Department of Corrections investigators assigned to the Marshals Service's fugitive task force recently looked into the case and found a possible alias identity for Austin. They found an address in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, and say they took Austin into custody without incident Wednesday.