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PALM COAST, Fla. - The Flagler County, Florida, Sheriff's Office was involved in a three-hour standoff with former "America's Most Wanted" suspect and Virginia fugitive Michael Moore.
Flagler deputies were alerted Saturday that a license plate reader spotted a vehicle on Palm Coast Parkway that was reported stolen during an armed robbery in Virginia, Action News Jax reported.
According to the FCSO, deputies were able to locate the vehicle on Belle Terre Parkway and attempted a felony traffic stop.
Deputies say Moore eventually stopped the car on Beaverdam Lane but refused to exit the vehicle or comply with deputies' commands.
FCSO established a perimeter and evacuated homes in the direct area.
According to FCSO, they called out the SWAT team and hostage negotiation team, along with a K-9, a helicopter and patrol deputies to secure the area.
Deputies say three hours later, negotiators were able to persuade Moore to surrender and he was taken into custody.
The FCSO says this is not Moore's first time dealing with law enforcement. In 1996, he was on "America's Most Wanted" after stabbing his wife 33 times and abducting his 5-year-old daughter. His wife survived.
The arrest that FCSO made Saturday was for an active fugitive warrant for an assault and battery in Virginia.
FCSO says Moore is also being investigated for an armed robbery in Virginia in which the victim was tied up and her car was stolen.
“This incident could have had a very different outcome,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This is a guy with an extremely violent history. We will never know what crimes we may have prevented by apprehending him tonight. I want to thank our citizens for their patience as we worked through this incident. I am very proud of our team and thankful that no one was injured and this violent offender is now in jail where he belongs.”
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