Husband and wife wanted for murder in the US escape custody, kidnap guards

Blane and Susan Barksdale.
Blane and Susan Barksdale. Photo credit: Tuscon Police Department

Police in the United States are offering a US$10,000 reward to anyone who can help find a married couple who escaped while being transported between jails.

Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife Susan, 59, who are both wanted for murder, overpowered guards and made a getaway while being transferred from New York to Arizona on Monday night (local time), the Tuscon Police Department said in a Facebook post

According to the New York Times, the pair then kidnapped the guards.

The pair, from Tuscon, Arizona, are accused of murdering a 72-year-old man in Arizona in April. They were arrested in New York in May and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglarly, arson and a number of other offences.

"Blane has numerous tattoos on his arms and hands," police said. "The Barksdales’ direction of travel is currently unknown. Investigators have information that they are possibly travelling through Arizona. They were last seen driving a red GMC Sierra pickup truck."

Police said the couple were believed to be armed and dangerous, and may have access to a massive amount of weapons.  

"With their original case, the person that they allegedly murdered, they also stole close to 100 firearms," Michael Adams, a deputy United States marshal in Tucson, told the Times

"We have to assume that they somehow made their way back to that weapons cache."

The couple's escape came after they spent Sunday night in a county jail in Monticello, Utah, with residents in surrounding areas "on edge", according to a local sheriff quoted by the Times.



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