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Fugitive caught in Alabama after 16 years on the run

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A fugitive murder suspect from New York who disappeared 16 years ago and had been living under an assumed name in Montgomery was recaptured thanks to alert officers at a driver license office, state troopers said Thursday.

Alabama Public Safety Department spokeswoman Dorris Teague said Derrick Lloyd, who had been living in Montgomery as Rashad Hamid, was restrained when he tried to flee the driver's exam office last Friday and was being held without bond awaiting extradition to New York.

Teague said Lloyd, who fled a murder charge in New York City in 1991, had served a sentence for another murder and was wanted for two robberies in Albany.

He presented documents at the Alabama driver license office seeking a state ID card, but the examiner became suspicious. Lloyd's fingerprints were traced on a national crime database and matched those of the suspect in the 16-year-old New York murder case, Teague said.

When his true identity was learned, Lloyd attempted to run from the examiner's office and had to be restrained by two troopers and an immigration agent who was visiting the office, she said. He was charged with forgery and resisting arrest.

Teague said New York authorities have filed an extradition request, which could take about a month to process.

She had no other information about Lloyd's life in Montgomery, although a television station in Montgomery said he was married and had worked at a local plant.

Lloyd had been featured on three episodes of "America's Most Wanted" TV show.

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