Olney woman caught after escpaing from jail in cuffs

Olney residents Amanda Kay Castro and of Larry Bruce Blackburn of Olney each multiple charges following a four-day chase.

According to an affidavit of probable cause provided by the office of the Young County Justice of the Peace, on March 10, Olney Police Department Officer Robert Cross was dispatched to Castro’s home on the 400 block of Main Street, but could not locate her. Cross eventually caught up to the woman, who he identified in his report as Castro. Ignoring Cross’ order, Castro took off and Cross followed on foot but lost track of her as she rounded the corner of a nearby home. 

The following Sunday, OPD Officer Michael House, as well as Officer Charles Wright  Jr. and Lt. Miranda Wright, arrived at Blackburn’s home at the Western Heights Apartments, after receiving another tip.

House stated Blackburn admitted she was inside the residence. Officers placed Castro in handcuffs, then began to search Blackburn, who House said then began to resist.

House stated and the other responding officers tasered Blackburn twice to subdue him. House later stated officer found marijuana on Castro and methamphetamine on Blackburn.

Blackburn and Castro were later transferred to the police department. There a handcuffed Castro escaped, taking with her Lt. Wright’s handcuffs. The next day, officers located Castro at a residence on the 1300 block of West Elm Street and took her into custody without incident. Cross noted in his report Castro had a yellow Dollar General bag near her at the time of her arrest, which allegedly contained the clothes she wore during the pursuit as well as a set of pink handcuffs belonging to Lt. Wright.

Blackburn is charged with assault on an officer, possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest. Castro was charged with felony escape and other related charges.

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