Nancy Garces escaped May 25, 1979, from the Chino women's prison, where she was serving time for a credit card forgery conviction in Butte County. Investigators say the 56-year-old woman has been living in Albuquerque, N.M., under the alias Lydia Mendez.
On Tuesday, Santa Barbara police were tipped that she was arriving on an Amtrak train at noon. Lt. Paul McCaffrey says officers were waiting and she was arrested.
It's not known why Garces was in Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara News-Press says Garces is being held at County Jail on a no-bail hold pending arrival of San Bernardino County authorities.