A man convicted of armed robbery in Jacksonville nearly 30 years ago had been on the run since escaping from a Tampa work release center in 1983 was arrested last week after an Atlanta officer saw him urinating in public.
When the man was picked up on Friday, he told police his name was Claude Brooks. Because the charge was for a civil infraction rather than criminal, he was released on bond the next day. When Fulton County authorities ran his fingerprints through a national database, they learned the man was Edward Nathan Jr., 50, who was a fugitive wanted by the Florida Department of Corrections.
Hours after learning Nathan's true identity, the U.S. Marshals Office helped Atlanta police arrest Nathan on the Florida warrant. According to Florida DOC Interim Secretary Walter McNeil, Nathan waived his extradition and should be returned to Florida quickly.
Nathan was serving a five-year sentence for armed robbery in Jacksonville when he walked away from the work release program on Aug. 27, 1983.
According to the DOC, there has not been a successful escape from a secure perimeter of a Florida prison since 2006.