John McAfee Arrested in Guatemala

The software pioneer had been on the lam for almost a month following his neighbor's murder in Belize

Photo: Guatemala's National Police/AP

John McAfee, the American anti-virus software pioneer who has been on the run from police since his neighbor was found murdered in Belize last month, has been arrested in Guatemala.

McAfee, 67, was detained Wednesday at a hotel in Guatemala City and is accused of entering the country illegally, CBS News reports.

Hours before his arrest, McAfee told the Associated Press that he was formally requesting asylum in Guatemala because he was being persecuted in Belize over the fatal shooting of neighbor Gregory Faull.

Belize police consider McAfee a person of interest in that case. McAfee has denied any wrongdoing.

Photos released by the Guatemala National Civil Police on Wednesday appear to confirm McAfee’s earlier claim to Wired that he had dyed his hair, eyebrows, beard, and mustache black to avoid detection.

Faull, an American whose body was discovered by a housekeeper on Nov. 10, filed a complaint this fall against McAfee for discharging firearms. Another suspect is already in custody in his murder.

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