PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island police have arrested a man they say escaped from a South Carolina prison facility on Christmas Day more than three decades ago.
State police said Thursday that 65-year-old Armin Christian was arraigned in Providence and is being held on bail pending the arrival of South Carolina authorities.
Christian had been living in Bristol. He was arrested Wednesday and is charged with escaping a correctional facility.
A South Carolina prisons spokesman says Christian walked away from the now defunct Piedmont Work Center near Greenville on Christmas Day in 1980.
He was sentenced to 11 months in prison in November 1980 for domestic non-payment of child support.
Rhode Island State Police Capt. Michael Winquist says Christian told authorities that he was trying to straighten out matters in South Carolina.