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Fugitive caught in Hernando after 30 years on the run

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Hernando deputies caught a man who fled from Michigan while under supervised parole 30 years ago, according to Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Hernando Warrants Detective James Smith got a tip that James Dixon, 53, a.k.a. James Delong, was somewhere in the area. Dixon was a wanted fugitive from Michigan. According to the HCSO report, Dixon was convicted of armed robbery prior to 1985 and served time for it.

He was released from prison on supervised parole and soon disappeared. He has two twin brothers, Gary and Larry. Detectives suspect Dixon used one of their identities in the past.

HCSO detectives received information that Dixon was living at a Spring Hill home. They set up surveillance on the house at 7380 Spring Hill Drive and a car that Dixon was likely driving.

When deputies pulled over Dixon's car on Lamson Avenue Tuesday, he identified himself as Gary Dixon. When the fugitive was talking to other deputies, Det. Smith called out "Hey, James!" and Dixon quickly turned around to see who is calling. He realized he had given himself away, Smith said.

Dixon confessed his true identify, according to HCSO. He told detectives he left Michigan for Florida 30 years ago because his entire family was in this area and the state wouldn't transfer his probation here.

Dixon was arrested and charged with a Fugitive from Justice. He is held without and and will be extradited to Michigan.

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