Local fugitive caught by Canadian Mounties

Monday, August 2, 2004

The long arm of the law can stretch quite a distance ---- in this case, from Berryville to the remote northern reaches of Nova Scotia, Canada.

When a Eureka Springs man apparently decided the far north would be a good place to skip town after being sentenced to prison, it must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

It wasn't.

Joshua Grunwald, 28, is now in an Arkansas state prison after making a brief stop in Carroll County this week.

Sheriff Chuck Medford said Thursday Grunwald was captured in Nova Scotia after "information was received" that Grunwald fled to Canada following his being sentenced here to 10 years in prison with five years suspended by Circuit Judge Alan Epley on charges of residential burglary and theft of property.

Grunwald was released for a week to get his affairs in order before going to prison, the sheriff said.

Medford said, "They say the Royal Canadian Mounties always get their man, and I'm not embarrassed to holler for help, and they got their man."

The Mounties promptly shipped Grunwald to Canada's interior department, and he was deported to Boston, where Carroll County investigators and Arkansas State Police flew to Boston July 23 and picked him up.

He was immediately sent to state prison, where he was to start serving the 10 years with five years suspended on his original charges. All that could change, however, with the new charges of violation of conditions of Grunwald's release after sentencing several months ago.

After sentencing and release, he failed to show up for transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

A fugitive warrant was issued in January, and Grunwald was apprehended by Canadian authorities in July and deported on Carroll County's warrant.

Grunwald now faces the possibility of losing the suspension of the five years, or may have more prison time added to the actual five years he will be incarcerated.

Grunwald will be transported back to Carroll County in the near future to face the consequences of his trip to Nova Scotia.

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