12/29/2000

Bank robber escapes from
prison transport with stolen key
[Albuquerque, NM]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A convicted bank robber whom the FBI has dubbed "Robin Hood" escaped from U.S. Marshals on Dec. 22 using a stolen key to unlock his handcuffs.

At about 4:45 p.m. while being transported to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, Byron Shane Chubbuck, freed himself from handcuffs, waist chains and leg shackles and then kicked out the window and the steel grate of a prison transport van before jumping out and running away.

"The investigation revealed that Chubbuck used a key to free himself," Tom Bustamante, acting U.S. Marshal for New Mexico, told the Albuquerque Journal. "At this point, we don't know how he obtained it."

At least one guard fired a weapon at the convict as he fled, authorities told the Albuquerque Journal. It is unclear if the escapee was struck.

The two guards, who were supervising the transportation of Chubbuck and seven other federal prisoners, have been placed on three days paid leave.

Chubbuck was arrested in August 1999 during a shootout with the FBI and, under a plea agreement, pleaded guilty to 14 bank robberies. He was in Albuquerque last week to change his lawyer.

"In view of his criminal history, we certainly consider him armed and extremely dangerous," Doug Beldon, supervisory special agent for the FBI in New Mexico told the Albuquerque Journal.

Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of Chubbuck. He is described as white, about 6 feet tall, 189 pounds, with a goatee. He was wearing tan prison pants and a tan shirt when he escaped.

 

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