ST. PAUL, Minn., June 16 -- Police and FBI agents today arrested a 52-year-old woman they say was a member of the terrorist Symbionese Liberation Army involved in the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. Kathleen Ann Soliah was living under the name Sara Jane Olson in St. Paul, Minn.
She was profiled on 'America's Most Wanted' on May 15, the 25th anniversary of the SLA's shootout with the FBI and Los Angeles police. Soliah was indicted in February 1976 in Los Angeles for conspiracy to commit murder, possession of explosives and attempt to ignite an explosive device with intent to murder. She is accused of committing bombings and bank robberies with the group, which was founded in a California prison and espoused violent revolution, and arrested on a fugitive warrant. Police say Soliah was arrested without incident about 8:30 a.m. and likely will be extradited back to California. The SLA gained prominence with the Hearst kidnapping in 1974 in Berkeley, Calif. Much of the tiny group was wiped out in May 1974 in a massive shootout with police in South-Central Los Angeles that left six SLA members dead. Hearst was convicted of a San Francisco bank robbery committed while she was with the SLA. President Jimmy Carter commuted her 7-year sentence and ordered her freed in 1979 after 23 months in prison. ---
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