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DUNMORE — A Monroe County man wanted on charges he shot a woman in 2006 was returned to Lackawanna County from South America last week, state police at Dunmore announced Tuesday.

John Stivens Mesa-Caro, 28, also known as “Blaze,” was captured in Medellin, Columbia, on April 8, 2013, on an arrest warrant charging him with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, firearms not to be carried without a license and three counts of reckless endangerment. The arrest warrant was issued on Jan. 3, 2007.

State police charged Mesa-Caro with a shooting along Interstate 81 on Dec. 31, 2006. Mesa-Caro allegedly was involved in a dispute with a woman at Planet Pocono Gentlemen’s Club in White Haven. Mesa-Caro followed the woman as she was driving, pulled up beside her on the interstate and fired a round into her vehicle, state police said.

The woman was struck in the face and neck. She survived her injuries.

Mesa-Caro was placed on the statewide Ten Most Wanted List and was featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” in February 2012.

Authorities learned Mesa-Caro had fled to Columbia after the shooting.

Martin Pane, U.S. marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, reported on April 11, 2013, that Mesa-Caro was captured in the South American country and awaited extradition to the United States.

Mesa-Caro was returned to Lackawanna County on March 27 and arraigned by District Judge Paul Walker. He was jailed at the Lackawanna County Prison for lack of $1 million bail.

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