Fugitive Arrested at Kennedy International

Monday, October 12, 2009

Federal officials have arrested Louis Armando Peña Soltren, a man accused of hijacking a 1968 flight who they've been trying to track down for nearly 41 years.

The F.B.I. arrested Soltren yesterday when he got off a flight at JFK International from Havana, Cuba.

“It is an example of the principle that, for the F.B.I., fugitive cases don’t become closed cases until the fugitive is brought to justice,” Joseph M. Demarest Jr., the assistant director in charge of the F.B.I.’s New York office, The New York Times reported.

According to court papers, Soltren was one of three men who forced their way into the cabin of Pan American Flight 281 from New York to Puerto Rico and ordered the crew to reroute the fight to Cuba. The men got their weapons and ammunition on board by concealing them in a diaper bag.

Two of the hijackers were arrested in the mid-1970s. Soltren, now 66 years old, had been living in Cuba since the hijacking. He is currently in custody, and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in a Manhattan court.

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