When Pittsburgh police arrested a man Saturday on minor charges, they had no idea he was a homicide suspect on the run from Detroit for months, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He lied about his name, his age and his Social Security number. Based on a recommendation from the Allegheny County Bail Agency, which could not turn up a criminal record for the man, a judge released him on his own recognizance. He walked out a free man, and became a fugitive from Detroit police and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Authorities still could not explain how the man managed to bamboozle 21st-century technology with a simple lie and false documents. He even managed to evade detection by fingerprints, the unique identifier that has become a standard crime-fighting tool. His prints were submitted to a national criminal records database run by the FBI. Pittsburgh officials say the FBI did not match them to those of the fugitive, but the FBI says it did report the match.