A couple wanted on murder charges in Arizona escaped from custody when they overpowered guards who were transporting them through Utah, officials said on Tuesday, adding that the man and woman are considered armed and dangerous.
Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, broke free on Monday evening from two guards in Blanding, a rural town in southeast Utah, the Tucson Police Department said in a statement.
The couple later obtained a GMC Sierra pickup truck and drove off, Tucson police spokesman Pete Dugan said.
The husband is reportedly accociated with a neo-Nazi prison gang
The two guards who were transporting the Barksdales worked for the private company Security Transport Services, which is hired by Pima County, Arizona, officials to transport inmates.
- Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, escaped from custody when they overpowered guards who were transporting them through Utah, officials said on Tuesday.
- The couple, who are wanted on murder charges in Arizona, are considered armed and dangerous.
- The Barksdales are charged with murdering Tucson resident Frank Bligh, 72, who was last seen on April 7 at the Cowpony Bar in Tucson, police said in a statement in May.
- Bligh’s house was intentionally set on fire on April 16 and the flames set off an explosion in the home, police said. Bligh was not found inside the house.
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