A husband and wife wanted in an April murder in Tucson and who overpowered two guards to escape custody late last month have been captured, the U.S. Marshals Service said late Wednesday.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Blane and Susan Barksdale were back in custody, but gave no other details.
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. They were found in Henrietta, New York, a suburb of Rochester, and arrested without incident on May 24.
Authorities have said the couple overpowered two private security guards in the transport van they were travelling in after Susan Barksdale faked a medical emergency while they were in Utah. They then abandoned the van with the three locked inside and somehow evaded a sweeping manhunt conducted by multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the report said.
The couple, suspected of killing a 72-year-old Tucson man and burning down his house, was captured after the marshals placed Blane Barksdale on its Top 15 Most Wanted list Monday, offering $35,000 in rewards for information leading to the arrest of both suspects.
Authorities believe they had help from Blane Barksdale's ties to white supremacist gangs along the way.
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They allegedly kidnapped the two guards and third inmate, driving a privately operated prison transport vehicle to Vernon, Ariz., where they obtained a Red GMC Sierra pickup from an acquaintance, KOLD-TV reported.
A press conference was scheduled by the Marshals' office later Thursday morning in Phoenix to discuss the case.
Tucson police say a fire followed by an explosion broke out in April at the home of Frank Bligh before his auto was found abandoned the next day. David Gonzales, the USA marshal for Arizona, did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press.
From there, the Barksdales drove the van into Arizona.
But the Barksdales had fled the state, sparking a nationwide search.
The Barksdales were being extradited from upstate NY, where they were arrested in May.