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'Armed and dangerous' man who escaped Ranlo police arrested in Georgia

One of the ID's found at the fugitive's home. (Jordan Sawyers | WBTV) One of the ID's found at the fugitive's home. (Jordan Sawyers | WBTV)
GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A man who was considered "armed and dangerous" after escaping police in Gaston County Monday night was arrested Thursday in Georgia.

The man is facing up to 20 charges, including fraud. Police said Tuesday that after finding more than a dozen fake ID's, they weren't even sure what the fugitive's real name was. 

Officials were referring to him as "Juan Sebastian," but said Thursday his name was Juan Cardona.

Cardona was originally arrested Monday night during a search of his home.

During that search, officers found the fake ID's along with a stolen car worth $70,000 - which had bullet holes in it, bank accounts, fake checks, credit cards, firearms, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Cardona is believed to have committed over a million dollars worth of fraud.

When Cardona was arrested he was put in the back of a police car, but he wasn't there long. He was able to take his foot and squeeze it between the driver's seat and driver's door and hit the unlock button. That's when police say another unknown person helped him get away.

Investigators believe Cardona is a former member of the Colombian military. Officials say based on everything recovered from his home, Cardona's been involved with crime for a very long time.

After his escape Monday, Ranlo Police called in for Federal help catching him. Police said by the following day, they had determined where Cardona was at.

Working with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Cardona was taken into custody at the Candlewood Suites in Duluth, GA, about 25 minutes outside of Atlanta.

There is no word on when Cardona will be brought back to Gaston County or exactly what charges he's facing.

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