Archive for Friday, February 24, 2006

Manard, Young captured in Tennessee

February 24, 2006

A 12-day saga that began Feb. 12 with the escape of a convicted killer from Lansing Correctional Facility ended Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Local, state and federal authorities took Lansing Correctional Facility escapee John Manard and the woman wanted in connection with aiding his escape, Toby Young, into custody about 8:40 p.m. Friday after a chase on Interstate 75.

Warden David McKune was notified by the United States Marshal's Service of Manard and Young's capture. There were minor injuries reported during the capture; Young was taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

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<p>See The Current's earlier coverage of the John Manard escape, <a href="http://www.lansingcurrent.com/news/crime/prison/john_manard/">here on lansingcurrent.com</a></p>

Manard and Young, who lives in the Piper area of Kansas City, Kan., will be held in a jail in Tennessee until they are extradited to Kansas, where he will be prosecuted for aggravated escape from custody and she will be prosecuted for aiding and abetting escape and aiding a felon.

Young is the president of the Safe Harbor Prison Dogs program, and Manard was a dog handler in the program. Authorities say that on Feb. 12, Young drove the Safe Harbor van off the prison grounds with Manard hidden in a dog crate inside the van. A corrections officer at the gate did not search the van. The guard was notified earlier Friday that he was being fired.

Young, 48, is married. Her husband, Pat, a firefighter, issued a faxed statement Saturday morning about his wife's capture.

"These circumstances, to my children and me, are a very private and personal matter. I want to assure you that no matter what may come of this, it will remain a private and personal matter," he said.

Prison officials said additional details about Manard and Young's capture would be provided during a news conference Saturday morning at Lansing Correctional Facility.

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