Husband and wife fugitives wanted for murder are captured in Arizona

Blake and Susan Barksdale

Blane Barksdale, along with his wife Susan, were arrested Wednesday night after a weeks-long search for the couple.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told NBC News on Wednesday night that the pair was taken into custody south of Payson, Arizona, in an area known as Tonto Basin.

Husband-and-wife murder suspects who overpowered their guards as they were being extradited from NY to Arizona and then managed to elude the law for weeks have finally run out of road.

More information is expected to be released at a Thursday morning news conference. The Navajo County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that it assisted the U.S. Marshals Service and that the Barksdales were apprehended "without incident".

A fugitive husband-and-wife team wanted for murder and arson have been captured in Arizona - almost three weeks after they overpowered guards and escaped custody in Utah last month.

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.

The Marshals Service said Susan Barksdale faked a medical emergency while riding in the van near Blanding, Utah.

Authorities believe they had help from Blane Barksdale's ties to white supremacist gangs along the way. A third inmate who had been picked up in Kansas City was also in the van, but wanted "nothing to do with" the Barksdales' escape plan, Gonzales said.

It took the guards two to three hours to break free and they eventually kicked out some windows of the van. One of the Barksdales drove the truck while the other continued to drive the prison van - until abandoning it in the middle of the high desert, with the three victims still locked inside, Gonzales said.

The Marshals Service was offering rewards of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of Blane and $10,000 for Susan.

Blane, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, are wanted on murder and arson charges, police in Tucson said, August 27, 2019.

The Barksdales were arrested in upstate NY in May following a nationwide manhunt, officials said. There, the couple pulled up to an acquaintance's house and took a red GMC Sierra pickup truck.



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