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— Erickson had also paid for a pizza at a Wheaton, Illinois, Domino's with a fake $20 bill, and the Secret Service found counterfeiting equipment in a storage unit he leased in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

He was reincarcerated, spending the last months of his sentence in the Greenville, Illinois, camp. "I'm not sure if that was his first place of incarceration," Leahy says, "but that's where he ended up. It's a federal prison camp. There are no walls. There's nothing keeping them in. The only way they know someone is gone is when they do a body count. So basically he just walked away from jail."

As to why a man who had been a fugitive of the law on multiple occasions and had walked out of a prison camp here in San Diego was placed in a prison camp, not a walled jail, Leahy has no explanation. "All of that is decided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons," he says, "and I couldn't tell you what the rhyme or reason is."

Leahy has no explanation as to why a man who was five months from his February 2000 release date would walk out of prison either. "That's the million-dollar question," he says.

One thing Leahy is certain of; Eric Erickson is either on his way to San Diego, or "he could already be in the San Diego area. He made statements to people in jail that when he got out he was going that way. What his tie to that area is, I'm not sure. I'm not really sure how long he was located in San Diego. The only person that he had a connection with that we could develop is the girl he took to Vegas. She's still there. He's got no family member that he's stated. He's indicated that his mother and father are deceased. No brothers or sisters. He does have a passion for Mercedes, though."

So warn the women, buy the Club for your Mercedes, and hold those twenties up to the light, San Diego. Eric Edward Erickson, also known as Eric Holden, Ronald Rance, James Thieze, Ron May, Ronald Wolfe, Eric Simmons, Barry Wolfe, Roy Erickson, Eric Peterson, Ron Anderson, Ron Erickson, or Eric Anderson, may be coming back.

If you have information on Eric Erickson, call deputy Mark Owen at the local U.S. Marshal's office, 619-557-6620.

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