Colorado Fugitive Allen Todd May Captured in Florida After Five-Year Manhunt
After half a decade on the run, Allen Todd May, a notorious Colorado inmate, was finally apprehended by U.S. Marshals in an upscale neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 58-year-old fugitive, who had been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for mail fraud in Texas back in 2012, had managed to evade capture since his disappearance from the Englewood-based Federal Correctional Institute in December 2018.
The case took a new turn in June 2022 when May was indicted on ten counts of wire fraud and seven counts of mail fraud. Allegations surfaced that, during his time behind bars, May had orchestrated a grand scheme that raked in over $700,000 from fraudulent claims related to oil and gas royalties. This prompted an intensified manhunt by dedicated U.S. Marshals who tirelessly sought May’s capture.
A breakthrough came when a tipster, motivated by the potential reward of up to $5,000, provided a photo that they believed showed May. The image had appeared on the Palm Beach Daily News’ website, exposing a heretofore unknown alias used by May. Armed with this crucial information, U.S. Marshals embarked on an intensive investigation which eventually led them to a penthouse apartment in Palm Beach, Florida.
Setting up surveillance, the determined Marshals soon identified May’s suspected partner, tracing them to a residence in Fort Lauderdale. It was there that they swiftly apprehended May, bringing an end to his audacious run from justice. District of Colorado U.S. Marshal Kirk Taylor expressed his gratitude to the anonymous tipster, whose invaluable information directly resulted in May’s capture. Taylor further commended the unwavering dedication of the Deputy U.S. Marshals who relentlessly pursued every lead throughout the years.
In the next phase, May will be transported back to Colorado to face justice once again. This gripping tale of a fugitive’s evasion and ultimate capture unfolds as a testament to the unwavering determination of law enforcement professionals.