This man was busted because he used his real date of birth and his real Social Security number for a basis of his fake birth date and fake SS number. If you're a fugitive you have to drop ALL ties to your past life!
Valley 1987 murder suspect held in Miss.
by Lisa Halverstadt - Jun. 4, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
For more than 20 years, Daryl Eugene Smith seemed to have escaped authorities.
Phoenix police say the now 61-year-old Smith fled Phoenix in February 1987 after he shot and killed Michael Napier, 32, after Napier borrowed Smith's car without permission.
Napier died instantly. Smith left the 4400 block of North 29th Drive on a motorcycle, police said. Though detectives quickly established Smith as the murder suspect, law-enforcement officials didn't find him until Monday.
The hunt for Smith and others who had evaded Phoenix homicide warrants in the 1980s began on May 15 with a cooperative effort between Phoenix police and U.S. Marshals in Arizona.
Deputies tried to find Smith by experimenting with possible tweaks to his date of birth and Social Security number. They soon found a match in Columbus, Miss., U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said.
After looking at booking photos of a Gene Smith arrested in 2005 for a misdemeanor drug-possession charge, deputies in Phoenix notified their counterparts near the small Mississippi town.
On Monday morning, members of a Mississippi U.S. Marshals fugitive task force drove by Smith's farmhouse. On the second drive-by, deputies said they spotted Smith getting into an old blue pickup truck. They pulled over.
Smith was shaking as deputies told him there was a warrant for his arrest.
The 61-year-old former member of a nationwide motorcycle gang seemed resigned at the time of his arrest, deputies said.
Smith simply asked if he could call his college-aged son who had never learned of his father's past.
He was then taken to Lowndes County Jail where he will remain until he is extradited to Maricopa County.
Phoenix police will retrieve Smith as soon as his extradition is processed, said Officer Luis Samudio, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Smith's arrest marks the first in the dual effort between Phoenix police and the U.S. Marshals, Gonzales said.