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Texas fugitive arrested in Miami after 18 years

HOUSTON — (AP) A convicted armed robber from Texas who used his nearly 18 years on the run to get a law degree in Mexico and become a successful car broker in Florida was finally back in custody, authorities said Thursday.

Edwin Arnold Rivera awaited extradition to Texas after being arrested Wednesday while working as a broker at a suburban Miami luxury car dealership, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.

Rivera, 41, had been sentenced in August 1992 in Houston to 50 years in prison for his role in a string of armed home robberies.

But right after his sentencing, Rivera escaped from a holding cell in the courthouse. After being caught this week, Rivera told authorities he fled to Mexico, where he obtained a law degree. Rivera also spent some time living some time in El Salvador.

Rivera eventually ended up in the Miami area, where he lived under the name Jorge Jimenez.

U.S. Marshals in Houston were first alerted to his whereabouts after he was arrested for drunk driving in July 2009 and his fingerprints identified him as Rivera.

He was released from a Florida jail before authorities realized who he was. U.S. Marshals in Florida were later able to track him down to the car dealership.

Rivera admitted to his true identity after his arrest, said the U.S. Marshals Service.

A jailer who assisted in Rivera's escape was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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