GREENWICH VILLAGE (PIX11) -- The end of the manhunt for Charles Mozdir is a case study in public participation.
A known fugitive and an accused child molester, Mozdir was on the run for two years.
Then a day after Mozdir was featured for the second consecutive weekend on the new CNN show “The Hunt with John Walsh," he's found.
Not in California -- where he’s from -- or in Mexico -- where he fled to -- or in the deep south.
Instead, a joint U.S. Marshals-NYPD fugitive squad found Mozdir Monday afternoon in a West Village smoke shop and investigators say the 32-year-old Californian greeted them with gunfire.
He died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We re-ran the episode on Sunday night just before the original hunt and that released a cyber tip and they got an address on him. A very shocking ending but it shows the public cares and how much they can help,” said Walsh, former host of the long running television show "America's Most Wanted."
Mozdir’s last known victim was his own then-5-year- old godson, who was sick. Mozdir allegedly fondled the boy while sitting by his bedside, supposedly giving his napping mother an opportunity to rest during a tough night.
A national audience learned about the case against Mozdir straight from the victim’s parents.
The ability to appear harmless, a so-called wolf in sheep’s clothing, fooled the young boy’s parents, they said.
We will never get to hear Mozdir’s side of the story. But the details heard by viewers of “The Hunt” were clearly enough to produce a tip that led to Monday’s fatal confrontation with a fugitive who was hiding in plain sight.