SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The man who's a person of interest in the deaths of two women in Lakeside has a checkered past and now News 8 is learning more about it.
Days after his wife and mother-in-law were found dead at the bottom of an embankment, 57-year old Michael Richardson is in jail on unrelated charges.
He was taken into custody yesterday on suspicion of molesting his 17-year old niece. News 8 is also learning about the 18 years he spent in San Diego as an escaped fugitive from North Carolina.
Richardson's 39-year-old wife, Tao, and 72-year-old mother-in-law, Than Lyi were found dead Tuesday off Highway 67 in what investigators called a staged car crash.
Now, News 8 has learned Richardson has a criminal backround. He served six years as a minimum security inmate in Henderson Correctional Center in North Carolina for robbing and shooting a cab driver back in 1976.
"He apparently caught a cab at a bus station in Fayetteville North Carolina, asked the cabbie to take him to a destination and somewhere along the way he shot the cab driver, robbed him of a small amount of cash and took the cab." Keith Acree with the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
But in 1982, Richardson escaped after walking off an outside work assignment with the prison.
For 18 years, he remained a fugitive, but court records show he was extradited back to North Carolina in 2000, where he spent another six months behind bars.
"It's not everyday that we see someone come back that's been gone for so long," continued Acree.
Richardson now faces nine felony counts, including the molestation and rape of his 17-year-old niece.
Court records show her mother tried to get a restraining order against Richardson in March, but a judge denied the request, because there was no corroborating evidence.
Michael Richardson is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.
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