'Barefoot Bandit' caught on boat in Bahamas
by JUAN MCCARTNEY
NASSAU, Bahamas — The teenage "Barefoot Bandit" who allegedly stole cars, boats and airplanes to dodge U.S. law enforcement was nabbed Sunday as he tried to make a water escape then brought handcuffed — and shoeless — to the capital to face justice, abruptly ending his two-year life on the lam.
Colton Harris-Moore, 19, was arrested before dawn on northern Eleuthera island, said Sgt. Chrislyn Skippings, a spokeswoman for the Royal Bahamas Police Force. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38189115/ns/world_news-americas/
Authorities spotted Harris-Moore on a boat near Harbour Island, a small tourist destination just off mainland Eleuthera, police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade told a news conference.
Harris-Moore was carrying a handgun that he tried to throw away and shots were fired during a water chase, Greenslade said. He did not say who fired them, but a police source said police shot out the engine of the boat the teenager was on.
"It was like something you might see in the movies," Greenslade said.
Harris-Moore was later taken to Nassau, the country's capital, where he faces possible extradition to the United States. Having been dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" for allegedly going shoeless during some crimes and once allegedly leaving behind chalk footprints as a calling card, Harris-Moore arrived in Nassau barefoot. Bahamian police had been searching for him since he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane a week ago on nearby Great Abaco Island.
Because of his lavish larcenies and elaborate elusiveness, he has earned a strong following on Facebook with tens of thousands of fans. 20th Century Fox has purchased the film rights to his story.
Harris-Moore's mother, Pam Kohler, is an interesting character in her own right. She has defended her son and even said she is "proud" of him.
"When the cops come and bother me that's when I think 'run Colton run, fly Colton fly.' I'm proud that he taught hisself how to fly," she told CBS News. "I just want to hug him," she said. "I'm proud that he can fly planes with no lessons. You're damn right I am."
She has recently signed a book deal and hired an entertainment lawyer.
"If anyone profits from this thing it should be me and Colt," she said.