Brook Goode avoided arrest on Pennsylvania warrants for nearly three years — despite being arrested multiple times in another state.
Goode, whose criminal history includes charges in a shooting, was being sought this time for violating his probation on harassment and drug cases by failing to pay restitution and missing hearings.
Goode’s story isn’t one of a criminal mastermind: At some points, he didn’t even realize he was wanted. He didn’t change his name or appearance.
He was booked into a North Carolina jail but never sent back to face the Pennsylvania warrants. He was even sentenced to probation there and violated it.
Authorities didn’t find Goode until he returned to Pennsylvania on his own and got into trouble once again.
His story illustrates how easy it is to elude capture and continue to break the law. It also shows what happens when departments, strapped by budget constraints, struggle to keep up with warrants and how old technology and poor communication can hamper efforts to find people.
It left Goode with the impression that officials were, at best, apathetic.
“They didn’t want to contact me until it was convenient for them,” Goode said. “The people who get caught immediately just happened to get caught.”