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The married murder suspects who escaped from a prison van last month have been recaptured after more than two weeks on the lam, reports CBS Tucson, Arizona affiliate KOLD-TV. The U.S. Marshals Service said Blane and Susan Barksdale were back in custody but gave no other details.
Blane and Susan Arrested
CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV, citing Marshals Service sources, reports the Barksdales were found in Tonto Basin, northeast of Phoenix. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that it helped in the arrest.
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The couple Blane and Susan Ages
Blane is 56 Years Old and Susan is 59 Old, They escaped in Utah while being extradited back to Tucson from New York on Aug. 26.
Blane Barksdale and Susan Barksdale Work and Career
A search of online records for Blane and Susan Barksdale shows that the couple ran a business in Tucson. The company attached to their name is Top Shelf Custom Cabinetry & Fine Woodworking Llc.
Blane is listed as the owner and Susan is an officer. According to OpenCorporates.com, the company was registered in October of 2016.
A LinkedIn page with Blane Barksdale’s name includes the following description of his job as the owner of the woodworking company: “My dream come true. Bringing my customers the finest woodworking and custom cabinetry in the industry. If you can dream it I will build it.” The page further states that Barksdale previously worked as a furniture maker at Ace Hardware and as a cabinet maker at Arizona Laminate Fabricators.
The Marshals Service said Susan Barksdale faked a medical emergency while riding in the van near Blanding, Utah. The couple overpowered two guards, tied them up and put them in the back of the van with a third prisoner, who wasn’t involved.
U.S. Marshals: Fugitives Blane and Susan Barksdale arrested after allegedly overpowering their security guards who were transporting them from New York back to Arizona to face murder charges. https://t.co/cH4GWzvtli
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The couple drove to Vernon, Arizona, where they got a Red GMC Sierra pickup truck from an acquaintance, leaving the van with the guards and other inmate locked inside, the Marshals Service said.
Tucson authorities said the Barksdales might have been getting help to stay in hiding. They don’t think the couple made it to Mexico, KOLD says.
They were being extradited from upstate New York, where they were arrested in May.
Listed in 15 Most Wanted And Reward
The Marshals Service was offering rewards of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of Blane and $10,000 for Susan. The service added Blane to its 15 Most Wanted list earlier this week. There was no initial word on whether any of the reward money would be handed out.
The Barksdales have been charged with first-degree murder by Tucson police in the death of Frank Bligh, 72, who hasn’t been seen since fire consumed his home April 16. Evidence found there led detectives to conclude the blaze was set.
BREAKING: U.S. Marshals say escaped murder suspects, Blane and Susan Barksdale, have been arrested. No details about where they were found were provided – officials will hold press conference in Phoenix tomorrow at 11a. #Tucson pic.twitter.com/QyykrIyNGi
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Detectives said it appeared more than 100 firearms were stolen from the home. Only around 30 have been recovered.
The charges against the Barksdales before they got away included first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage and auto theft.
The Barksdales were being extradited from upstate New York, where they were arrested in May.
Blane and Susan Investigation Reports
Law enforcement officials were in the process of bringing Blane and Susan Barksdale back to Arizona when they escaped. Tucson Police shared that the couple “overpowered two security officers in Blanding, UT” during the transport on August 26. The news release did not add additional details about how exactly the Barksdales managed to break away.
5 Fast Facts You Must Need to Know
- Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan Barksdale, 59, have been on the run since they managed to escape from a prison van on Monday
- Authorities say Susan pretended to have an intestinal issue in the back of the van after it departed from Blanding, Utah
- The Barksdales used shoelaces to bind the guards and then put them in the back of the van with a third inmate
- The Barksdales drove the van to the town of Vernon, Arizona, where they met up with a friend who gave them access to his red GMC pickup truck
- The Marshals Service on Wednesday offered a $20,000 reward for their capture
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