Sunday, December 21, 2008

Chicago Police nab 'America's Most Wanted' fugitive Sarah Jo Pender in 2200 block of West Farell Ave

Chicago Police nab 'America's Most Wanted' fugitive December 21, 2008 A judge ordered an Indiana woman arrested by Chicago Police less than two hours after she was featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted” held without bail Sunday, she appears to be a "flight risk"....

John Walsh and AMW are the best friend Law Enfocement ever had in helping keep our streets safe.

Foster and Rogers Park police district tactical officers arrested Sarah Jo Pender without incident Saturday, 12/20/2008, in the 2200 block of West Farwell Avenue, according to a Chicago Police release.

Pender, 29, of Indiana, was featured on the television show “America’s Most Wanted,” which listed her as one of their “Top 10 Fugitives,” police said. Less than two hours after the show aired, a tipster called Chicago Police after recognizing Pender’s face and gave authorities her exact location. Police acted on the tip and caught Pender as she was packing her bags and preparing to leave, according to the show’s Web site.

"America’s Most Wanted" said Pender was living in a “drug-infested neighborhood” under the fake name “Ashley Thompson.” After some prodding, the fugitive finally admitted to police she was Sarah Pender, "America’s Most Wanted" said. She was processed in accordance with the warrant issued for her arrest, police said.

On Sunday, Cook County Judge Donald Panarese ordered Pender held without bond, according to a court representative. Pender and her boyfriend, Richard Hull, were convicted of shooting their two roommates with a shotgun and dumped the bodies in an Indianapolis dumpster in 2000, according to America’s Most Wanted.

The two were captured by police in Noblesville, Ind., and were sentenced in Marion County in 2002. Pender was serving a maximum 110-year sentence and Hull is serving a 75-year sentence, "America’s Most Wanted" said.
While in the Rockville Correctional Facility, Pender allegedly planned and executed her escape by establishing a relationship with a prison guard and another inmate, police said.

According to "America’s Most Wanted," Rockville Correctional Facility Officer Scott A. Spitler, a five-year veteran of the prison, allegedly drove Pender out of the facility after hiding her in the back of his department van.

Spitler faces charges of assisting a criminal, official misconduct, sexual misconduct and trafficking with an inmate, "America’s Most Wanted" said.
Until her capture, Pender had been a fugitive since August 2008.

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