North By Northwest
Luck dealt Norman Hsu a bad card after he was arrested after checking into a hospital in Colorado, having been taken sick on the California Zephyr train.
Norman Hsu's quickly jumpstarted life on the lam came to a screeching stop less than 48 hours after it began when he got sick on the California Zephyr and was nabbed after being rushed to a Colorado hospital, according to the FBI.
The prolific Democratic fundraiser and fugitive was busted at 7 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time by FBI agents from the Denver office, according to Special Agent Joseph M. Schadler in the FBI's San Francisco office.
He was still in St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction - 250 miles west of Denver - Thursday evening, according to Pete Smarr, a nursing supervisor. Smarr declined to say what Hsu was suffering from - other than to report him in custody and in "fair" condition.
Hsu was traveling on Train #6, according to Cliff Cole, an Amtrak spokesman. Hsu boarded the train in Emeryville and was scheduled to get off the train in Denver, Cole said. Cole had no information as to who - if anyone - Hsu may have been traveling with.
The route of the Zephyr is shown below.
It's interesting to speculate on why he may have chosen to get off at Denver. Was it to change to another mode of transportation? Take a flight out of Denver International Airport? Interestingly, "The FBI credited help in the high profile bust to Grand Junction police, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service." The Diplomatic Security Service? Click here to see what the Diplomatic Security Service concerns itself with: among other things, passport and visa fraud. If you look at the detailed AMTRAK route map, the Grand Junction is the stop between Green River and Glenwood Springs. Hsu may have taken sick and the train staff may have had no alternative but to de-train him at Grand Junction. The train gets to Grand Junction just before noon daily. The Feds grabbed him at 19:00 local.