April 2, 2001 (DETROIT) – A Detroit man arrested 40 years after he walked away from an Alabama jail is reconnecting with his past in other ways.
Robert Cobb, who used the name Roy Gray in Michigan, is free on bail while he awaits a court hearing. He told the Detroit Free Press that he has learned that Alabama officials do not plan to seek his return to serve out a sentence for stealing pigs.
Cobb walked away from a prison farm after serving three years of his sentence and made his way to Detroit, where he worked in a foundry and stayed out of trouble. But he told police he was a fugitive after he was beaten so badly by his girlfriend’s son that he landed in the hospital.
Now, Cobb’s younger brother, Austin, knows where he is. Austin Cobb told the newspaper he hopes that Roy will move to Los Angeles where his family can take care of him and he can meet the nieces and nephews he has never seen.