Arizona fugitive arrested in Oklahoma - Tucson News Now

Arizona fugitive arrested in Oklahoma

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A man accused of multiple armed robberies in Tucson a decade ago has been arrested by the FBI in Oklahoma City.

Jerry Lee Hearn, 53, was apprehended Monday afternoon after an anonymous tip lead federal investigators to Oklahoma.

Hearn has been on the run for about 10 years.

But it's not like he was actually running, since he stole another man's identity and assumed that person's name in another state.

Even with that fake alias, the FBI was able to track him down and arrest him Monday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Investigators say Hearn assumed the identity of a man named Kenneth Watson, who actually moved from Oklahoma in 2003.

Hearn's been wanted in Arizona on multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

When confronted by the FBI, we're told Hearn admitted to his true identity and was arrested without incident.

"When we get local law enforcement that works together with federal and they can actually get together and share information, then sometimes we're able to locate and find these people and hold them responsible for crimes they've committed," says Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer, commenting on Monday's fugitive apprehension.  "It's a win/win for everybody."

Hearn sits in an Oklahoma City jail, pending an extradition hearing back to Arizona.

Local authorities say Hearn robbed a bank, two restaurants and a convenience store in southern Arizona in the summer of 2003.

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