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GARDEN GROVE : Suspect in Ohio Robbery Arrested

An Ohio man suspected of armed robbery and kidnaping has been arrested after more than 10 months as a fugitive, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Gregory Waller III, 23, of Niles, Ohio, was taken into custody without incident Monday at a home in Garden Grove, FBI spokesman Wylie B. Cox said.

Waller has been accused of holding up an Ohio jewelry store at gunpoint on Oct. 27, 1989, Cox said. Waller, who police say was shot by the store’s owner, was charged with kidnaping because he allegedly held the store’s customers hostage, Cox said. He was arrested shortly after the robbery.

Waller failed to appear for a court hearing in February, Cox said. A few months later, federal authorities obtained a warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, he said.

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Cox said Waller was arrested Monday after “information was developed that he was in Orange County.” He declined to elaborate.

Waller, who had been working in Orange County as a painter and was staying at a rented room at 14161 Grand Meadows, is expected to be extradited to Ohio, Cox said.


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