PHOENIX (AP) – A woman from Arizona says her husband believed he was safe after escaping from a jail in Iowa 37 years ago, and both were shocked when the authorities arrested him early in the morning Week Arrested
When Charles Cuckley closed a gate in the Prescott Valley in the Prescott Valley, Charles Cuckley said Friday, "We're fighting it," she said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "He has never been in trouble since that time."
Virginia Cagley said that an Iowa prison guard wrote a letter in 2006 stating that 1981's arrest warrant for Cagley's detention had been withdrawn and that Iowa did not want to keep him in custody. The warden wrote the letter to the Department of Veteran Affairs after Cagley, a veteran from Vietnam, had asked for assistance, but was told it was a warrant for him, said 1965-6 Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Cord Overton told department officials advise with the prosecutor's office to determine the status of all arrest warrants for Cagley and what time is still to be served.
"We'll consult with our legal advisor to make sure everything that happens next is the most appropriate course of action," said Overton.
Overton said electronic records contain little information about Cagley's escape from the Newton Correctional Facility or about his current status and recent information indicates that an exit order was requested on 16 February 1981.
Cagley entered the prison system in 1978 to pay ten years' imprisonment, less time for behavior, against his sentence in Woodbury County, Overton and Cagley's online profile on the Department's website.
Prescott Valley, a city of 43,000, is 132 kilometers north of Phoenix.
The department's statement said Cagley had lived in the area since 2004 and that the detectives arresting Cagley on the FBI display confirmed that it had an active warrant for arrest
The arrest warrant was issued in January 2018 dated and "was a reissue for some reason," said police spokesman Jerry Ferguson.
Virginia Cagley said her husband had escaped from prison because he thre he was acclaimed by other inmates who wanted him to smuggle marijuana into prison and someone tried to break into their caravan. "We were worried about our lives, so we ran."
The couple had been together before the escape, but did not marry until 2012, when their adult children began to marry.
The family had a private investigator in Iowa to explore Cagley's status in 2005, the woman said. "He said everything had been dropped."
After using a fake name since escaping, Cagley began using his real name and used it in 2005 to obtain an Arizona driver's license, she said. "And nothing comes up."
Then his arrest warrant was signed in 2006 when he sought VA benefits, which led to the prison guard's letter saying Cagley was not a wanted man, she said. "That's how we had to sort it out at this time."
Virginia Cagley said she wanted to talk to her husband about getting a lawyer.
"If that's a false arrest, we'll sue something," she said
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