The 6’5″ teenage fugitive who authorities call the “Barefoot Bandit” was scheduled Monday to be questioned inside his Bahamian jail during his first day since being captured after a nearly two-year run that developed a cult-like following. As of Monday, a Facebook page for the bandit had attracted 80,000 followers.
Police nicknamed the teen, whose real name is Colton Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit” because he allegedly committed several of his crimes without shoes.
Harris-Moore was being held at the Central Detective Unit with access to phone calls and officials from the U.S. Embassy. Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said Harris-Moore was being interviewed by investigators but didn’t say if the 19-year-old had issued any statement to authorities or what evidence was needed to build a case against him.
Bahamian authorities captured the American teenager shortly before dawn Sunday following a dramatic high-speed boat chase off the island of Eleuthera, where he had allegedly committed a barrage of burglaries since crash-landing a single prop plane a week earlier.
It was only the latest chapter for the lanky fugitive from Camano Island, Washington, who is tied to alleged heists of several cars, boats and at least five airplanes that began with his 2008 escape from a halfway house.
Harris-Moore reportedly had a weapon during his last escape attempt on the boat, but did direct fire at police officers. The speedboat chase finally ended with police shooting out the engine on the teen’s boat.
According to John Henry Browne, a lawyer asked by Harris-Moore’s mother to represent her son, if the charges are consolidated in federal court Harris-Moore is looking at potentially four to 12 years in prison, he said on CBS’ “Early Show.”
“There’s never been any danger to any human being other than Colton himself,” said Browne.
Given the non-violent nature of the Barefoot Bandit, we here at the Ski Channel believe the teen should consider an aviation career with a heli-ski operator. Clearly the boy is familiar with the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys flying, so he would be a perfect fit to consider opening his own operation. Helicopters would even present a new challenge for the aspiring pilot. The boy will certainly have a couple years to think about his business plan, as he is sure to spend some time behind bars.