Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Fugitive couple facing murder charges back in custody

Blake and Susan Barksdale Husband-wife Arizona murder suspects nabbed after three-week manhunt; had 'overpowered' guards in Utah: report
Steven Clarke | 12 September, 2019, 19:59

They were in transit back to their home state from upstate NY when they overpowered two security officers in Blanding, Utah.

The couple escaped custody in late August as they were being extradited on charges of arson, burglary and murder in connection with the death of a Vietnam veteran in Tuscon, Arizona.

The Navajo County Sheriff's Office and US Marshals apprehended Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, Wednesday night.

The couple allegedly fled to NY after killing 72-year-old Frank Bligh in Tucson in April. The couple also used a credit card in the Henrietta area, leading the U.S. Marshals Service's Fugitive Task Force and the Monroe County sheriff's SWAT team to capture them hiding in a secluded lot in May.

The pair, Blane and Susan Barksdale, spent most of the summer at the Monroe County Jail and were included on the U.S. Marshal's 15 Most Wanted list.

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The Barksdales escaped last month while being transported from NY to Arizona in connection with the murder of 72-year-old Frank Bligh in Phoenix.

The reward for Blane Barksdale, called a "career criminal" by authorities, had increased to $25,000 with his addition to the 15 Most Wanted List, officials said earlier this week. They allegedly drove the prison van to Vernon, Arizona, picked up a GMC Sierra pick-up truck from an acquaintance, and later abandoned the prison van with the occupants left inside. 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. They then tied up the guards as well as a third inmate who was in the van, said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona, at a news conference Monday.

The Barksdales were being extradited from upstate NY, where they were arrested in May.

It took the guards two to three hours to break free and they eventually kicked out some windows of the van.

But he and his vehicle were nowhere to be found, and investigators discovered evidence the fire was set intentionally and that Bligh had been killed, Tucson police said.

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