Husband and wife fugitives wanted for murder are captured in Arizona

Blane Barksdale left and Susan Barksdale right

Husband-and-wife murder suspects who overpowered two guards to escape custody have been captured after more than two weeks on the run, the U.S. Marshals Service said late Wednesday.

Blane Barksdale, 56, and Susan Barksdale, 59, escaped in Utah on August 26 while being extradited from upstate NY to Arizona.

The suspects were initially arrested May 24 in upstate NY and charged with first-degree murder, burglary, arson and auto theft in connection with the disappearance of Frank Bligh, 72, who was reported missing following the April 16 fire and explosion at his Tucson home.

Authorities announced overnight that Blane and Susan Barksdale were arrested in Arizona.

The couple were being transported from Henrietta, N.Y., to Pima County, Ariz., Aug. 26 when they somehow "overpowered two security officers" in Blanding, Utah, using an unspecified "medical rouse".

"Persons placed on the US Marshals top 15 list are usually career criminals with histories of violence, and whose incident offenses pose a significant threat to public safety", US Marshal for the district of Arizona David Gonzales said Monday.

The Barksdales are charged in the Arizona murder of Frank Bligh, 72, whose body has not been found.

The couple had been on the U.S. Marshal's 15 Most Wanted list when they were first captured. 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.

The couple then took off with the little money the guards had in their wallets, and then left behind the guards, who tied up in the back, as well as another prisoner.

But once the two unarmed guards opened the back door, the Barksdales attacked, he said.

Tucson police say a fire followed by an explosion broke out in April at the home of Frank Bligh before his auto was found abandoned the next day.

His wanted poster warned people not to be deceived by the appearance of the Barksdales. "While they may look friendly, both have demonstrated a propensity for violence and should be considered armed and risky".

"Somebody like Blane in prison - with both local - with both state and federal prison, would be associated with Aryan Brotherhoods, white supremacist gangs. So those are the type of individuals we think that might be assisting", Gonzales said.

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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