Barefoot Bandit Escape Attempt Caught On Tape (VIDEO)

07/29/2010 04:56 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NOTE: This story has been updated from an earlier version to include additional footage of the chase and add more details about the timeline of events.


The now-infamous "Barefoot Bandit" was nabbed earlier this month after crash landing a plane in the Bahamas. Nineteen year old Colton Harris Moore is suspected of stealing the plane from Indiana.

Recently emerged security video (see below) shows Moore caught on tape just before being caught by Bahamian authorities. The July 11 chase seen on this footage appears to confirm the first part of an eyewitness account reported that day by the Associated Press:

The chase ended in the waters off the Romora Bay Resort & Marina on Harbour Island, where security director Kenneth Strachan reported seeing a young man running through the bush barefoot with a handgun, according to Anne Ward, who manages the property.

"When Kenny spotted him, he had a knapsack over his shoulder and a gun and he was yelling, 'They're going to kill me. They're going to kill me.' He was running up the dock," Ward said.

Ward said the fugitive ran back to the water and stole another boat but ran aground in the shallows, where police shot out his engine.

"At one point, the boy threw his computer in the water and put a gun to his head. He was going to kill himself. Police talked him out of it," Ward said.

Police declined to comment on whether Ward's account was accurate.

John Decker from Reuters reports that Moore is a suspect in a two year wave of no fewer than eighty crimes in nine states, British Colombia, and the Bahamas. He committed many of his crimes without wearing shoes or socks--hence his alliterative nickname, and his Internet fanclub.

Moore has been deported to the US, and could face up to ten years in prison, Reuters reports.



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