Murder suspect Michael Burham has been captured and is currently in custody, the Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Saturday night during a news conference.
YOUNGSVILLE, Pennsylvania. Murder suspect Michael Burham has been captured and is currently in custody, the Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Saturday night during a news conference.
Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens said that on Saturday at 3:57 p.m., tips from residents of Jackson Run Road in the town of Conevango — northwest of Warren, Pennsylvania, where he escaped from county jail — helped Burham get caught in 5 years. :50 pm
Law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter on a tip-off to a suspicious person in the area.
“We mobilized resources, as I told you, we did it many times, including a significant number of ground personnel, air assets and K-9, and formed a perimeter around this area,” Bivens said.
Berem was tracked into the woods, and as he approached Logan Road, he was confronted by state troopers. Burham attempted to change direction and evade law enforcement, but was met by U.S. Marshals, Border Patrolmen, and the Pennsylvania State Police.
Burham is being held at the State Police Station in Warren, where he will be processed. It remains to be determined where he will be held after he is charged.
“It won’t be at the Warren County facility,” Bivens said.
Bivens said the dog’s barking helped law enforcement get to the location where they found Burham. When the landlord asked what he was doing there, Burham replied that he had taken a camping trip. The owner recognized Burham, took his wife back to the golf course they were playing on, and then called 911 when Burham fled into the woods.
“It was our strategy from the very beginning to push him hard to make a mistake. He eventually did it,” Bivens said.
The lieutenant colonel said Burham was still wearing his prison pants, turned inside out. He said that Berchem was dirty, wet and generally haggard.
Bivens also said DNA linked him to some of the bags found in the previous days in the woods. Ammunition was found in those bags, “and it made us worry,” Bivens said.
Bivens said Burham was taken into custody at gunpoint and that no one was hurt during the manhunt.
Watch the full press conference below: