An alleged white supremacist on the run from the FBI hid out successfully in the most unlikely of places – Israel – until his arrest on Monday.
Micky Mayon, 32, an American wanted for crimes in Steelton, Pensylvania, is thought by Interpol to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Brotherhood. He was arrested by Israeli police at a Tel Aviv hostel in a carefully planned undercover operation, authorities said on Tuesday.
He entered Israel as a tourist in January 2008 but never left after overstaying his one-month visa.
”He was here because he thought this was the last place they would look for him,” said Sabine Hadad, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman.
There are two warrants out for the arrest of Mr Mayon on charges that include illegal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and flight to avoid apprehension.
According to Ms Hadad, the arrested man was unemployed but earned some money as a dishwasher which helped him get by along with funds sent by his parents.
US marshals are expected to arrive in Israel shortly to escort him back to the US to stand trial.
”Locating and identifying [Mr] Mayon in a foreign country sends a strong message that you can run, but you cannot hide. Even though [Mr] Mayon had fled the country, US marshals and the Steelton police department did not stop in their pursuit of justice,” Michael R Regan, a US marshal, said in a statement.
Last year eight Israeli teenagers, all immigrants from the former Soviet Union, were convicted of a string of Neo-Nazi attacks in a suburb of Tel Aviv. Although eligible to live in Israel because of having Jewish family backgrounds, they were found guilty of attacking religious Jews, foreign workers, and others along with desecrating a synagogue with swastikas.
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