A teenager dubbed the
“Barefoot Bandit” who evaded capture for two years has been charged
with weapons possession after he was caught in the Bahamas.
Colton Harris-Moore, 19, will face
a “litany” of other charges, police said.
The teenager is accused of dozens
of burglaries and is also wanted for stealing boats, cars and at least five
planes from a number of states in the US.
He is expected in court today,
Tuesday 13 July.
Harris-Moore was caught after being
recognised by people on the archipelago’s island of Eleuthera.
It followed a high-speed boat chase
during which several shots were fired into the water.
He was eventually captured after a
police bullet hit the stolen powerboat’s motor, disabling the craft.
The fugitive is believed to have
crash landed a plane stolen from Indiana in the Bahamas a week before his
arrest on Sunday.
He was also wanted in connection
with a number of thefts in the area.
As Harris-Moore was transferred by
police to Nassau, he lived up to his nickname by remaining shoeless despite
wearing shorts, a shirt and a bulletproof vest.
The teenager has developed a cult
following since he began his audacious crime spree and has over 68,000 Facebook
He had been on the run since escaping
from a halfway house in Washington State in 2008.
He is believed to be a skilled
outdoorsman who honed his abilities growing up in the woods north of Seattle,
in the US.
He was first convicted at the age
of 12, for possession of stolen property.
Although he is accused of stealing
a number of planes, he has never had any formal flight training.
If convicted, Harris-Moore could
face seven to 15 years in prison.
A Hollywood producer reportedly
wants to make a film of his life.