Fugitive accused of rape, kidnapping captured after more than 20 years on the run

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Paul Jackson in 1990

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico — A man who’s accused of rape and kidnapping and has been on the lam for more than two decades was arrested in Mexico on Monday, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement.

Paul Jackson was recently featured on CNN’s “The Hunt With John Walsh.” He was arrested in Guadalajara, where he allegedly had adopted the name Paul Bennett Hamilton.

He was indicted by a Washington County, Ore., grand jury on the rape and kidnapping charges in June 1990. His half-brother, Vance Roberts, was also accused.

A trial date was set, but in February 1991, Roberts and Jackson, who were free on bond, fled.

Roberts unexpectedly turned himself in after 15 years on the run. A jury found him guilty and sentenced him to 108 years in prison.

A date has not yet been set for Jackson’s return to the United States. He is thought to have been living in Mexico for several years.

Deputy Eric Wahlstrom of the U.S. Marshals Service Oregon Fugitive Task Force told CNN that Jackson was arrested on his way to work at an electronics store.

He said the episode of “The Hunt” played “a significant role” in his capture.

“It’s what started this,” Wahlstrom said. “It was a specific tip that came in right after (the episode) aired that led authorities to him in Guadalajara.”

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