PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office reports a former Punta Gorda businessman and musician, has been arrested in Mexico. James “Jim” Huden was wanted for a Dec. 26, 2003 murder on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. According to Sgt. Rick Goff, head of CCSO Warrant Apprehension, “Huden was arrested in Vera Cruz, Mexico, and is awaiting extradition back to the United States.

Sgt. Goff said, “We have been working on this case for several years in conjunction with Washington state authorities, and we recently obtained information as to his new identity, employment, and location in Vera Cruz, Mexico. We passed this information on to our counterparts in Mexico that resulted in his arrest Thursday.” The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit are sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal’s assigned to the Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force Fort Myers Office. Agents from CCSO, and other Agents from the Fort Myers Office, assisted in this case according to Sgt. Goff.

Sgt. Goff also said, “Huden had been working in Vera Cruz in a place giving Guitar lessons under the name of ‘Maestro Jim.’”

America’s Most Wanted ran the story about Huden on July 19, 2008. Huden was originally from Seattle and moved to Punta Gorda in the 1980’s. He and his wife set up a business on Nesbit Street in downtown Punta Gorda called “Computers, Inc.” Huden was very involved in numerous community organizations and was Vice President of the then Punta Gorda Business Alliance, now the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. He was best known for his band called “Buck Naked” that played at the former Holiday Inn in Punta Gorda for many years. He also had another band called “X-hibitionists.”