Fugitive Sam Israel captured

Behind The News
July 2, 2008 2:03:00 PM PDT
It's hard to imagine what Sam Israel was thinking when he faked his suicide on his way to begin serving a 20-year prison sentence last month. Harder still to imagine what he was thinking when he turned himself in today to police in Southwick, Massachusetts. Israel, who ran a hedge fund, ripped off nearly half a billion dollars from his investors who became victims. We know he was talking to his mother on the phone when he walked into the lobby of the police station and told officers he was a fugitive. And we know that authorities with the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in Illinois, which had been working closely with Israel's mother. Clearly, cops felt the way to Israel's heart in this case was through his mom. And it apparently worked. (Mugshot below)

And so ends a bizarre mystery that started June 9 on the Bear Mountain Bridge up the Hudson River, and ended in the modest offices of the Southwick police department.

Tonight we'll have the latest on the case, and how cops cracked it open.

Also at 11, a terrorist attack in Jerusalem today -- killing three people and injuring more than 40 -- has once again raised the tension level in Israel, at a time when a ceasefire is supposed to be in effect.

The attack was led by one man - a Palestinian, who plowed a front loader along a busy thoroughfare, crushing cars and buses and people.

The driver was killed in the cabin of the tractor.

Is it a blip or a harbinger? We'll have the latest at 11.

And the head of the Serbian consulate in New York City has been relieved of his job after a Serb wanted in the beating of college student in upstate New York, escaped, reportedly to Serbia. The firing apparently signals that the Serbian government believes the consulate helped Miladin Kovacevic, a basketball player at Binghamton University, jump his $100,000 bail and use an emergency passport, issued by the consulate, to leave the country.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Marvell Scott (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.