A fugitive who escaped from state parole officers June 30 in the Town of Lockport and eluded area police agencies during a subsequent daylong manhunt has been arrested, according to city police.
Victor Eugene Johnson, 32, of Armory Place, Niagara Falls, was arrested Friday in the Rochester area by state Parole Division officers, police said.
Johnson is wanted on charges and for questioning on different criminal cases by several area police agencies, police said.
Johnson escaped from parole officers as they approached a Robinson Road apartment building to arrest him on a parole violation.
Parole officers arrived in the building's parking lot after receiving a tip he was at that location. Johnson, who was getting into his car at the time, recognized the officers and drove away at a high speed, leading them on a brief chase before abandoning his car several blocks away and running away.
Lockport police and Niagara County sheriff's deputies joined in the search but were unable to find the suspect.
Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein subsequently criticized the state Parole Board for letting career criminals out of jail with apparent disregard for the safety of citizens and police officers.
Beilein said Johnson was already known as a career criminal and a parole violator when the Parole Board decided to place him on parole again earlier this year.
He said Johnson already had been jailed for crimes such as armed robbery and burglary and had violated parole in 1998.