17 September 2010

Escapee, girlfriend captured in Washington

From the Baltimore Sun:
A man who wriggled out of handcuffs and escaped from Baltimore police took a 2,780-mile trek across America in a silver Kia Spectra with a bent frame before being captured in a parking lot of a small prairie town in Washington state, authorities said Thursday.

Acting on a tip from Baltimore, members of the U.S. Marshals Service swooped in Wednesday evening on the banged-up car in Yelm, Wash., a town of about 5,400 west of Mount Rainier and first settled along a wagon road and Indian trail in 1883.

What brought Paul Bryan Palmer, 32, and his pregnant girlfriend, Gina Distefano, 29, to the West Coast remains a mystery. A Baltimore police spokesman, Kevin Brown, said they were not staying with relatives or friends.

The arrests end a five-day manhunt that began last Friday when police said Palmer, arrested on a warrant charging him with stabbing a man seven times during an argument over a woman, broke free of his plastic restraints in the lobby of a downtown police station.
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