Fugitive John McAfee Gets Arrested in Guatemala
McAfee is no longer on the lam.
Last we heard, John McAfee had started his own blog and was offering a reward for anyone who could prove his innocence. McAfee, supposedly on the run from the police in Central America for possibly shooting his neighbor in the head, has been on the run since early November. However, police in Guatemala last night announced that McAfee had been arrested.
The Associated Press cites Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla as saying McAfee was detained at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood of Guatemala City. He was caught with the help of Interpol agents and was subsequently taken to a location used to house migrants who have entered the country illegally. CNet reports that McAfee's location was revealed on Monday, when Vice Magazine, which had reporters following McAfee on his trip, posted a photo with attached metadata.
Marco Vidal, head of the Belize national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, announced in November that McAfee was the prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull. The 52-year-old man was found dead by his housekeeper lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head. She discovered him in his San Pedro home on the island of Ambergris Caye. Shortly after the announcement, McAfee went on the run.
For now, McAfee has requested asylum in Guatemala because he fears for his safety in Belize. According to the AP, his lawyer, Telesforo Guerra, says he will be in danger if he is returned to Belize. For its part, police in Belize say there is no warrant for McAfee's arrest and deny his claims of persecution.