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How did fugitive live off the grid for so long?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - We are learning more about a suspected child molester's life on the run before he was gunned down Monday in New York City.

Coronado police had been looking for Charles Mozdir for the past two years. He died in a shootout with US Marshals.

Mozdir lived for two years on the run, wanted for molesting a friend's 7-year-old son in Coronado. Now it turns out Mozdir was hiding in plain sight in New York.

Mozdir's luck finally ran out after being featured recently on the CNN show "The Hunt" with John Walsh. A tip led authorities to a smoke shop where Mozdir had been working right out in the open.

"To tell you the truth, I find it more common than I do out of the ordinary that suspects can hide in the plain view of citizens," retired detective Rick Carlson said.

Carlson spent more than three decades with the San Diego Police Department and served on the San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force.

"Especially being so far away, with so many people in New York. And people are a lot more complacent than they used to be. They don't want to get involved. If it doesn't look suspicious, they won't make a call," he said.

In fact, it wasn't until after Mozdir was killed by police in a shootout and reporters went to his address that neighbors figured out exactly who he was.

"I still didn't put two and two together that it was this guy that I saw almost every day living right next door, you know? It's so weird, he was just really creepy, really weird," a neighbor said.

But Mozdir clearly lived his life knowing at any moment the truth could be exposed. He had a gun, and dozens of rounds of ammunition on him when police confronted him Monday. He also cut off all contact with family, and it's believed he carried a fake ID and used cash to keep his secret as long as possible.

"It's a very difficult thing to do, to completely cut off all ties. It truly takes almost a sociopath mentality," Steve Jurman of the US Marshal's Office said.

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