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August 23, 2004
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Pair On The Run From Police In 5 States Buys New Car

The Associated Press

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) -- A local couple on the run from police in five states and considered armed and dangerous has a new ride.

Robert Somers, 23, and Barbara Burrington, 23, bought a 1988 dark blue four-door Chrysler 5th Avenue on Tuesday in Virginia.

The pair was last seen Wednesday after they checked out of a Virginia motel room and are believed to be headed to Vermont, police said.

Vermont State Police Lt. George Hacking said the two Vermonters have been on the road for at least 48 hours.

In the past week, Somers, who is wanted by police in Vermont for numerous thefts totaling between $100,000 and $200,000, and Burrington, led police on a 200-mile chase that started at a camp at the Natchez Trace Park in Tennessee.

Sheriff's deputies there, acting on information given to them by the Vermont State Police, confronted Somers, who gave them a false name and fled the scene.

While fleeing, Somers drove his car into one of the deputies, who suffered a bruised hip. Police chased the two through Alabama and lost them in Mississippi, while Somers set off smoke grenades.

Police found similar smoke grenades in the couples' residence on Brunell Street, said Vermont State Police Lt. George Hacking.

Although Somers and Burrington lost police in Mississippi, the pair showed up Sunday in rural Virginia, where they crashed their car in Sussex County.

A good Samaritan stopped to assist the couple at the crash scene, but was assaulted by Somers, who allegedly stole her car at gunpoint.

The stolen vehicle was found Tuesday, seven miles from the scene.

Police urge anyone who sees Somers to contact them immediately, as he has shown he is willing to hurt innocent people.

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Hacking said there was a possibility Somers was already in Vermont, and urged all people, even former acquaintances, not to approach him.






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