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Colton Harris-Moore, better known as the “Barefoot Bandit,” will be arraigned tomorrow, November 18, after being indicted on November 10. Harris-Moore gained notoriety in July when news sources caught wind of his wild exploits and regaled the American public with his tales.
To review, prior to his July 11 arrest in the Bahamas, Harris-Moore, 19, had been living on the lamb for over two years, since he escaped from a Washington state juvenile halfway home in April 2008. Harris-Moore earned his stay in the juvenile program after his arrest in 2007 on three counts of burglary. Harris-Moore had been victimizing residences on the rural Camano Island, WA, often barefoot, which is how he earned his nickname. Harris-Moore was found living in one such residence while the owner was away. He was caught after ordering a pizza to be delivered to his vacation home.
According to his indictment, since his breakout, the Bandit allegedly stole a pistol in Canada, stole a small Cessna aircraft in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and flew the plane to Granite Falls, WA without having a pilot’s license. Harris-Moore then allegedly jetted around the islands of northwest Washington in a stolen plane, again without a license. Then the Bandit allegedly stole a 34-foot boat and set sail from Washington to Oregon.
The adventures finally came to an end July 10, 2010, when authorities caught Harris-Moore in the Bahamas, a week after a crash landing off the islands ended his flight from Indiana in a stolen plane.
While JETLaw strongly advocates full adherence to the law, the tales of Harris-Moore’s exploits make a fascinating story, not unlike the 2002 blockbuster Catch Me If You Can. The entertainment industry agrees. Harris-Moore’s mother has hired a Seattle entertainment lawyer, who has previously represented Courtney Love and the Jimi Hendrix family. Twentieth Century Fox is rumored to have purchased the movie rights.
– Joe Cesta
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