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1975 CLE fugitive living in Puerto Rico captured

Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 22:03:44-05

A Cleveland fugitive who has been on the run for four decades is back in custody, the U.S. Marshals' Cold Case Unit announced Thursday.

Ramon Flores, 64, was captured in San Juan, Puerto Rico late Tuesday, 40 years after fleeing Northeast Ohio.

According to the U.S. Marshals, Flores was convicted to manslaughter and assault with intent to rob in 1972 after a verbal altercation ended in a shooting. During the altercation, which took place in July 1971, Flores struck the victim in the face with brass knuckles. The victim was able to get up and run away but then Flores drew his gun and shot the victim in the chest. The victim later died from injuries. 

That wasn't Flores' only run-in with police though. Just months before that, Flores demanded money from someone outside a business on West 25th Street in Cleveland. When the victim refused, Flores stabbed the victim, who later recovered.

Flores received a sentence of two to 35 years in prison for both convictions. However, he was granted parole on Jan. 13, 1975. Shortly after, he violated his parole and fled the area.

Recently, the Cold Case Unit, along with the U.S. Marshals and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, gathered information that indicated Flores was living in the San Juan area. Authorities were able to locate him and take him into custody without incident. 

This is the sixth fugitive case closed by the Cold Case Unit.