FBI Captures Mob Boss James 'Whitey' Bulger
06/23/2011 AT 09:00 AM EDT
Bulger, 81, who is on the F.B.I.'s Ten Most Wanted list, and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, were arrested without incident at a top-floor apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., where they had been living just blocks from the Pacific Ocean.
The arrest came from a tip after the FBI began airing new television spots this week seeking help in the case.
Bulger, who is set to appear in court on Thursday, faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering. Greig, 60, will be charged with harboring a fugitive.
A former F.B.I. informant, Bulger disappeared in 1995 when a retired F.B.I. agent told him of an imminent indictment. His nickname "Whitey" came from the color of his hair.
With reporting by LORENZO BENET