The night The Oprah Winfrey Show aired a photograph of Niles Scott, Thelma's friend Patricia says she felt a chill go through her. She immediately contacted Thelma. "I was fearing for my friend's life," Patricia says. "Mr. Scott is her friend, and she has a little girl."
"It was hard for me to believe," Thelma says, "because he was nice to me." The two women knew they had to act fast and contact the police with Scott's address and information on his daily routine. Just a few hours later, Scott was captured at his home.
Niles Scott, a former Naval reservist, was going by the alias "James Berry" and making his living driving taxicabs. His home was only steps from the United States Embassy—where American agents hunting fugitives are based.
"We considered Mr. Scott a dangerous fugitive," Scott Wilson, an FBI special agent, says. "He was wanted for rape and kidnapping and for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution."