Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fugitive from Virginia State Prison System on the Run 27 Years—Living Most of Those 27 Years in North Georgia Community—Arrested this Week

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Gregory Jones, FBI Atlanta, announces, on behalf of the Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force, the arrest May 13 of Richard Boucher, age 56, of Eton (Murray County), Georgia, on federal unlawful flight/fugitive charges stemming from his 1982 escape from a Virginia Department of Corrections Prison in Chesapeake, VA.

Boucher, utilizing the alias name of Eric Coleman, had been living in Murray County, Georgia for most of the last 27 years. He was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery at the time of his escape. Arrested with Boucher was his wife, Debbie Boucher, age 53, who was utilizing the alias name of Debbie Coleman. Both were arrested without incident at their residence at Eton, GA.

Boucher is currently being housed at the Whitfield County, Georgia Detention Facility where he is being held on Whitfield County and Murray County state charges, noting that Murray County officials have charged Boucher with “felon in possession of a firearm” in that a rifle was recovered from his residence incident to arrest. Boucher will await extradition proceedings in order to be returned to Virginia regarding escape related charges.

The Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force includes agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), officers of the Calhoun Police Department, Dalton Police Department, and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The public is reminded that all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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