Published: Thu, September 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Arizona murder suspects caught after escaping transport from Upstate NY

Arizona murder suspects caught after escaping transport from Upstate NY

A married couple wanted for murder in Arizona and on the run for three weeks after allegedly overpowering guards in Utah during their extradition, were captured Wednesday, authorities said.

Blane and Susan Barksdale were located and arrested without incident by the Navajo County Sheriff's Office and the US Marshals Service, the Sheriff's Department announced on its Facebook page late Wednesday.

The Barksdales escaped custody on August 26 while being extradited more than 2,000 miles from Rochester, N.Y., to Pima County, Ariz., to face the murder charges.

Described as armed and unsafe, the couple had been free since August 26 after allegedly overpowering two security guards in a private transport vehicle during a stop in Utah while being driven from NY to Arizona to face charges.

The married couple accused of killing a 72-year-old man and then escaping as they were being transported from NY to Arizona to face charges has been taken into custody.

Late last month as the couple was being transported back to Arizona, Susan Barksdale faked an illness to get the van they were in to stop, officials have said. David Gonzales, the US marshal for Arizona, did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press.

Tucson authorities said the Barksdales might have been getting help to stay in hiding.

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The pair tied those guards up and drove the van to Arizona before moving to a red GMC pickup truck.

The couple then charged the guards as soon as the door was opened, Gonzales said. They don't think the couple made it to Mexico, KOLD says.

The Barksdales were arrested in upstate NY in May following a nationwide manhunt, officials said.

The couple drove the prison transport vehicle to Vernon, Ariz., where they got a pickup truck provided by an acquaintance, according to officials. A third inmate who had been picked up in Kansas City was also in the van, but wanted "nothing to do with" the Barksdales' escape plan, Gonzales said.

Representatives with the Marshals office and the Navajo County Sheriff's office were not immediately available for comment to Reuters early Thursday.

Detectives said it appeared more than 100 firearms were stolen from the home.

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