NewsMost-wanted US fugitive caught at Pope's event with knives

Most-wanted US fugitive caught at Pope's event with knives

A dangerous criminal was arrested. He came to the Pope's audience.
A dangerous criminal was arrested. He came to the Pope's audience.
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7:07 AM EDT, April 19, 2024

An unusual incident occurred during an audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The security services captured a man carrying dangerous items in his possession. He turned out to be one of the most wanted fugitives in New York, United States.

"La Repubblica" reported that Moises Tejada, a US citizen, had come to St. Peter's Square to attend Pope Francis's audience amidst other attendees. His visit, however, concluded with his arrest after his actions aroused police suspicion, prompting them to act. "La Repubblica" notes that Tejada resisted arrest, and upon searching him, the police found three knives, each about 7.9 inches long. Yet, this incident is just the tip of the iceberg regarding his criminal activities.

Kidnapper and thief

The newspaper further reveals that Tejada is a notorious figure, wanted in the US for his criminal activities, which include kidnapping and robbing real estate agents. His notoriety has placed him on New York's most-wanted list, prompting him to flee the country to escape capture.

Tejada spent roughly two years in Ukraine before his arrival in Italy, "La Repubblica" reports. His time there was initially for participation in military operations before he decided to move to Italy, traveling through Moldova.

Tejada is currently detained in Italy, awaiting extradition to the United States.

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