Fugitive couple who escaped police custody arrested in Arizona after weeks on the run


NAVAJO COUNTY, AZ (ABC4 News) – A fugitive couple that escaped police custody in Utah has now been caught and arrested in Arizona.

According to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, Blane and Susan Barksdale were located and arrested Wednesday after several weeks on the run.

The couple escaped custody in southern Utah on August 27th after they faked a medical emergency and overpowered their guards while being extradited to Arizona from New York.

David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona says the two were captured in a remote area near Punkin Center, Arizona about 80 miles northeast of Phoenix after an intense investigation led authorities to a rural home.

Once the Marshals believed they had found the Barksdale’s hideout they obtained a warrant to go in and get them, officials say.

Watch press conference from Navajo County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona and U.S. Marshals below.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, deputy U.S. Marshals, along with Arizona state and local police surrounded the property and told the two to come out, Gonzales added.

Officials say a state police helicopter watching from above saw Susan Barksdale come out of the home and say she was taken into custody without incident.

“Blane did not want to go peacefully,” Gonzales said and he had to be tazed by deputies. 

The Barksdales were arrested under a federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution warrant and are both being held in federal custody.

More information on their arrest will be released Thursday during a press conference with the sheriff’s office and U.S. Marshals.

This story will be updated when details become available.

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