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 earlier in the week.
When the police arrived at the couple's door in the Prescott Valley, Charles "Chuck" Leroy Cagley had used his own name for over a decade after being told that an arrest warrant had been abolished, Virginia Cagley said Friday ,
"We're fighting this," she said during a telephone interview The Associated Press. "He has never been in trouble since that time."
Prescott Valley police arrested Cagley on Tuesday for an extraditable arrest warrant after the FBI informed the department that Cagley was living in the Prescott Valley, the department said in a statement.
Virginia Cagley said that an Iowa jailer wrote a 2006 letter stating that 1
"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 contained little information about Cagley's escape from the Newton Correctional Facility or its current status, and recent information indicates that an exit order was filed on February 16, 1981.
Cagley entered the prison system in 1978 to face 10 years' imprisonment, less time for good behavior, against his sentence in Woodbury County, according to 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 detectives arresting Cagley on the basis of the FBI notification confirmed that it had an active warrant for arrest
The arrest warrant was issued in January Dated 2018 and "for some reason was a reissue," 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 jail and someone tried to break into their caravan. "We were worried about our lives, so we ran."
The couple had been together before fleeing, but they did not marry until 2012, after their adult children got married.
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.