UPDATED: James 'Whitey' Bulger, Alleged Mob Boss, Arrested in Santa Monica

Bulger was arrested Wednesday night at an apartment complex near Third and Washington.

James "Whitey" Bulger, the alleged mob boss and Top Ten Fugitive who has been on the run since the mid-'90s, was arrested Wednesday in Santa Monica. His longtime companion, Catherine Greig, was also arrested.

Bulger had been wanted for at least 19 murders that occurred in the 1970s and '80s in connection "with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston [area]," according to the FBI.

[Go to see a gallery of photos from the apartment complex where Bulger and Greig were arrested, and go to see images of Bulger from over the years.]

Bulger, 81, and Greig, 60, are scheduled to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.

The FBI arrested Bulger, who is from outside of Boston, at 7:13 p.m., a confirmed to Santa Monica Patch. The arrest occurred at the Princess Eugenia, a residential complex that houses one- and two-bedroom apartments. It is located at 1012 Third St., just south of Washington Blvd.

As of 10:24 p.m., FBI agents were still investigating inside the apartment complex, and several police officers were stationed outside it. Agents were searching the trunk of a car that was located in the Princess Eugenia's garage, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Police seized weapons and "a large amount of cash" from the apartment, according to the Times.

Santa Monica Patch spoke with multiple area residents, all of whom were unaware of Bulger's background.

Bulger and Greig were arrested without incident, according to the FBI. Previously, the FBI had said that Bulger was considered to be armed and dangerous. "He has a violent temper and is known to carry a knife at all times," the FBI said.

The FBI and a U.S. Attorney in central Massachusetts are planning to provide more information about the arrests in Boston on Thursday. The FBI had recently renewed its efforts to locate Bulger, launching a publicity campaign in 14 cities, according to multiple reports.

"Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica where they located both Bulger and Greig at a residence early this evening," the FBI said in a statement.

According to The Associated Press, the FBI had been conducting a surveillance operation near the location where Bulger was arrested.

Bulger "maintains his physical fitness by walking on beaches and in parks" with Greig, according to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list. The Princess Eugenia is less than a mile from and roughly a half-mile from .

The FBI had been offering up to $2 million for information leading to his arrest.

Bulger, who had previously been an FBI informant, vanished after an ex-FBI agent told him authorities were ready to indict him, according to The Associated Press. He had last been seen in 2002 in London, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Bulger was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in the Martin Scorcese thriller The Departed, and the subject of multiple books.

This article was updated on Tuesday at 8:59 a.m.

More on the Bulger arrest:

Santa Monica Police Not Surprised James 'Whitey' Bulger Went 'Unnoticed'

James 'Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend Told Neighbor He Had 'A Mental Problem'

Bulger Lived in Santa Monica for 15 Years, Paid Rent in Cash: Report

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Franklin Tucker June 23, 2011 at 06:20 AM
Incredible news from San Monica. You can not imagine how titanic Whitey's arrest is in Boston. He was crime –drugs, rackets, robber – in Somerville (where Winter Hill is located) and South Boston for two decades, using the FBI to stay out of jail by being an informant on the Italian mob, allowing him to keep killing mobsters and innocent men and women, then disappear from a pending indictment and traveled the world on the lamb. Amazing. Lots of state employees and law enforcement are sweating it out if either Bulger (unlikely) or Greig will talk. FYI: Whitey's brother is William Bulger, the former state Senate President and in the 1980 and 90s the most powerful man in Mass. politics. You can't make this up.
dan June 23, 2011 at 09:57 AM
The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century Howie Carr (Author) From Publishers Weekly Although superior to some other tellings of the incredible story of how two brothers came to dominate Boston's political and criminal underworlds for decades, this account by veteran Boston Herald reporter Carr still falls short of being the definitive version he intended. The stranger-than-fiction rise to power of Billy Bulger, the longtime Massachusetts senate president, kingmaker and consummate deal maker, and his brother Whitey, a psychopathic killer who took over the city's Irish mobs, is compelling, but despite Carr's closeness to the story, he fails to bring his protagonists' inner world to life. For those broadly familiar with the corruption scandal that indelibly tarred the FBI because of the active role some of its agents took in protecting Whitey and enabling his brutalities, the author gives a detailed, hit-by-hit description of his crimes. Most readers from outside the Bay State will be almost as appalled at the wheeling and dealing of his "respectable" brother, who crossed path with presidents and presidential aspirants, and who extended his patronage practices to his subsequent position as president of the University of Massachusetts. (Feb. 23) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Eddie Greenberg June 23, 2011 at 03:32 PM
While we had one of the nation's biggest crime bosses under the nose of the Santa Monica Police Dept. our resources went to terrorizing Oscar de la Torre and his family. Then we are told that crime is down to the figures of 1957. Actually SMPD is a good dept. with many fine officers, but there is an inertia in house that believes if it ain't broke don't fix it! Thank the FBI before the spin job starts!


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