|SEATTLE -- The infamous teen escapee known as the "Barefoot Bandit" was indicted Wednesday on a long list of federal charges related to his alleged multi-year crime spree.
Colton Harris-Moore, 19, has been charged with interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman's certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
| "The grand jury action today is an important step in holding Colton Harris-Moore accountable for his criminal conduct," U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a written statement. "The indictment follows the criminal complaint which was the basis for Harris-Moore's arrest in the Bahamas in July 2010."
Harris-Moore could face up to ten years in prison if convicted of the federal charges. He may also face myriad charges from county prosecutors around the country for his various other alleged crimes.
nvestigators have said Harris-Moore is the primary suspect in at least 80 crimes committed since he escaped from a group home near Seattle in April 2008. They include the theft of five airplanes, three of which were wrecked in crash landings, numerous car thefts, several boats and numerous break-ins of homes and businesses.
After a two-year run from the law, Harris-Moore was caught July 10 in the Bahamas, a week after he allegedly crash-landed an airplane stolen from an Indiana airport. Bahamian authorities launched an extensive manhunt for the teenager and arrested him as he tried to flee in a boat.
Harris-Moore is being held at a federal detention center in SeaTac without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned November 18.
Story Published: Nov 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM PST Story Updated: Nov 10, 2010 at 5:10 PM PST