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Robert Miley and Release the Fear on This Week’s America’s Most Wanted for Capture of Fugitive Michael Chaves

Interview to air Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8:00 PM, Fox-10 Phoenix

On Dec. 27, 2009, Phoenix resident Robert Miley called 911 because a strange man had appeared at his back door. "The guy was talking to me through the glass window, and he said, ‘you're supposed to leave the door unlocked so I can do my work’,” Robert said. Turned out the strange man was fugitive Michael Chaves who was wanted for murder in Connecticut.

Last week Miley donated the reward he received from U.S. Marshals for his involvement in the capture to the organization he founded, Release the Fear, Inc. As Miley said during the interview with America’s Most Wanted:

“I believe that there is no such thing as a bad person, not saying what this man did or didn’t do, wasn’t horrific. I think somehow he did not have an opportunity of believing in himself or believing that he was not bad. I witnessed amazing transformations each and every day we work with youth in detention. When they realize that they have opportunities and their dreams can come true. Therefore I am donating the reward given to me from the Federal Marshals for the capture of Michael Chaves to Release the Fear, Inc., to continue its mission and help others find their way and not be on the same path as he did. I encourage others to follow.”

Founded in 1996, Release the Fear is a 501(C) 3 social service agency in Phoenix providing youth educational programs and community awareness campaigns on the destructiveness of violence and alternative choices for conflict resolution. The "Release the Fear" sculpture on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix, containing four tons of melted weapons that had been used in violent crimes, serves as a tangible reminder that what was once perceived to be a negative can be transformed into a positive.

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