Prosecutors filed an extradition warrant Wednesday, ordering an escaped convict turned devoted Brooklyn family man back to North Carolina, where he fled from custody in 1977.
Bobby Love, born Walter Miller, is set to remain at Rikers Island for another month while his attorney reviews the governor’s warrant that is expected to force his return to prison, a life he left behind nearly 40 years ago.
On Wednesday, the 64-year-old former fugitive did not appear in Manhattan Criminal Court as the warrant was served.
Love hid in plain sight for decades while working a number of jobs and raising a family in Brooklyn. He is due to serve about a decade, the remainder of his sentence for bank robberies.
Love escaped from a Raleigh prison’s transport bus carrying state inmate road workers to a job.
In New York, he moved beyond his criminal past, keeping his true name hidden from his wife and kids until cops busted him at home on Jan. 22.
His family hopes clemency will be granted. They say Love reformed himself through hard work and a loving family life.
“I pray that he’ll be released, that they will see the good that he has done,” his wife Cheryl told the Daily News in February.