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Husband: Escapees attacked wife at home before recapture

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 18:55:58-05

COOLIDGE — A Coolidge man says his wife suffered scrapes and bruises when attacked at her home by two prison escapees before he ran up and fought one of them, prompting both to run off.

Police soon caught John B. Charpiot and David T. Harmon in a nearby field.

Luis Alvarez said he was working in a nearby farm field Thursday morning when one escapee entered the home and demanded cash and truck keys.

He said his wife bolted outside but the second escapee stopped her and was dragging her back into the house when her husband heard her scream.

Alvarez ran up and fought one of the escapees before they both ran off.

On Thursday, the two escaped inmates from the Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence have been captured, officials confirmed.

U.S. Marshals officials say two deputy marshals involved in an unrelated fugitive search were in the Coolidge area when they heard a police radio call about a disturbance in a nearby cotton field.

When they arrived minutes later, they found the two fugitives. The deputy marshals had to taser the men to get them into custody, officials said.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Charpiot was convicted of molestation of a child and sex abuse and entered the prison in 2011 to serve 35 years. Harmon was admitted to prison in 2012 and was serving a total of 100 years. His convictions include kidnapping and second-degree burglary.

Authorities had been searching for David Harmon and John Charpiot since the two escaped from the State Prison in Florence last Saturday.