Howard Allen Rudolph update: Elderly escapee proves electronic monitoring 'bad idea,' says Arpaio

PHOENIX - Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Tuesday that the recent escape of a man possibly connected to the 'mercy killing' of his wife last year proves that electronic monitoring is a bad idea.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officials said Monday evening that 79-year-old Howard Allen Rudolph had removed his ankle bracelet and fled in a 2006 white Lincoln Town car. The license plate is: BER-4316.

In a media release, Arpaio said he does not believe Rudolph is a danger to the community, but fears what the man may do to himself. Officials said they do not have any indications of the man's whereabouts.

Arpaio said that this incident proves how easy it is for an electronic monitoring device to be removed, citing the man's age.

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Rudolph was placed on house arrest awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges, according to MCSO. A warrant for his arrest was issued Monday after he missed a scheduled court appearance.

The man was arrested in August 2013 after he called 911 and then hung up. Authorities found the body of his 73-year-old wife in the bathroom of their Sun City home suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Rudolph told authorities his wife had been sick. He also left a note for his attorney with instructions on body cremation and what to do with the house.

"I had to do it," Rudolph told deputies after his arrest, according to court paperwork.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. 

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