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FBI Questions Lawrence County Man Rescued in Life Boat off Cuban Coast

MIAMI - Federal authorities charged a Region 8 robbery suspect and a second man after their rescue in the Florida Straits near Cuba.  Four crew members who had been aboard a boat with the pair remain missing.

The fugitive was identified by the FBI as 35-year-old Kirby Logan Archer of Strawberry (Lawrence Co.).  The second man is 19-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo of Hileah, Florida.  They were brought back to land and questioned about what happened on the boat.

FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela says Archer was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, and Zarabozo was charged making a false statement to a federal agent.  Both men were being held in the federal detention center in Miami, awaiting their first appearance in court today.

Archer and Zarabozo were found in good condition Monday floating on a life raft.  The two paid the crew of Miami Beach charter boat $4,000 to drop them off in Bimini, Bahamas.

Something happened about halfway there.

A search is continuing today for the four crew members.  The fishing yacht was recovered, abandoned and ransacked.

Archer is accused of taking more than $90,000 back in January from the Wal-Mart store in Batesville, where he was a customer service manager at the time.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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