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Escaped Convict Captured by Bob Sanders


Posted By: David W Sinclair (email)
Date: 3/14/2008 at 00:04:29

Considerable excitement was caused here and in surrounding country Monday morning when Mercer county officers phoned Mayor Varney to look out for an escaped convict who had jumped through a window of a car on Rock Island train No. 11 early that morning. A line call was phoned out for country people to be on the look out. Posses from here and Princeton were sent out. About eight o'clock the man appeared at the Ralph Rockhold home for four miles east of town. Mrs. Rockhold locked the doors and phoned neighbors. The man was captured a few minutes later near the Bob Sanders place by Mr. Sanders. Bob held him at the point of a gun until a posse composed of an Arizona Deputy Sheriff from whom he escaped, Perry Duncan and Jimmy Moore arrived. He was brought to town and taken to Princeton from where the officer took train No. 29 for Arizona. The man was being taken back from Chicago when he had been captured after escaping from the Arizona State Penitentiary. Mr. Sanders received a cash reward of $20 for the capture.

Lineville Tribune
Lineville, Wayne County, IA
June 10, 1926
E. C. Varney, Publisher


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