Ashcroft statement on Eric Rudolph

May 31, 2003 at 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft released a statement Saturday confirming the arrest in western North Carolina of Eric Robert Rudolph, who has been charged in connection with several bombings that killed 2 people and injured more than 150 others:

"Today, Eric Robert Rudolph, the most notorious American fugitive on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' list has been captured and will face American justice. American law enforcement's unyielding efforts to capture Eric Robert Rudolph have been rewarded.

Working with law enforcement nationwide, the FBI always gets their man. This sends a clear message that we will never cease in our efforts to hunt down all terrorists, foreign or domestic, and stop them from harming the innocent.

I want to especially congratulate the local authorities in Murphy, North Carolina, who with the FBI and other local and state law enforcement throughout the country were able to apprehend this suspect.

While it has been a long struggle, they never stopped, never yielded and never gave up. The American people, most importantly the victims of these terrorist attacks, can rest easier knowing that another alleged killer is no longer a threat."

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