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Muddy footprints led feds to fugitive

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A 21-year-old man who eluded federal authorities for nearly a month was captured today after U.S Marshals tracked his muddy footprints in northeast Spokane County.

Anthony E. Burke, or Anthony Garver, was released from federal prison in California July 2 on a bus bound for Spokane, but he failed to report to the Geiger Work Release Center July 3.

Burke was spotted near Spokane Valley and Mount Spokane throughout July.

Federal agents scoured the area until spotting footprints this morning along East Offmy Lane, near Burke's mother's home and west of Newman Lake, said Bob Doty of the US Marshal's office in Spokane.

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U.S. Marshals captured a wanted fugitive early Friday morning, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Anthony Burke, also known as Anthony Garver, was captured in north Spokane County, near Mount Spokane. 

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office transported Burke to Spokane's Federal Building around 7 a.m. Burke was released from federal prison July 2, but failed to report to Geiger Correctional Facility on July 3. A surveillance camera captured Burke getting on a bus in California headed for Spokane.

A native of Spokane, Burke had just completed a three-year sentence for possession of ammunition after being committed to an Eastern State Hospital in 2006. The Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals launched a search for Burke over Fourth of July weekend, because they considered him armed and dangerous because of previous threats he had made and because of his possible ties to terrorists. 

While in jail in 2006, Burke allegedly told his fellow inmates that he wanted to blow up the Department of Social and Health Services building in North Spokane.  He also said he wanted to detonate a bomb at Pig Out in the Park. When authorities searched Burke's home after his arrest, they reportedly seized ammunition and a computer containing an Al Qaida training manual.

During the week of July 6, three people reported seeing Burke at different locations between Spokane Valley and Mount Spokane. U.S. Marshals spent nearly four weeks trying to locate him and have not released the exact location where they found him.

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