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25 years ago: Man evades capture after escape from Leavenworth

March 12, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 12, 1989:

Robert Allen Litchfield, 40, managed to pull off the first escape in 12 years from the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth. Litchfield, who had been serving 140 years for armed robbery and a previous escape from another institution, had disguised himself before walking out the front door of the prison. He had arranged to have a taxi waiting there and was driven to a bank in Leavenworth. Coming out of the bank with a package, he told the taxi driver that he was a safety inspector from Washington, D.C., and needed to have the package delivered to the Kansas City International Airport. "That was just to throw us off, to make us think he went to the airport," said Kent Pekarek of the U.S. Marshal's office in Kansas. Meanwhile, as the taxi was speeding toward KCI, Litchfield walked to a grocery store and dropped off his disguise in a dumpster, then walked to a restaurant, where an accomplice handed him $5,000 in $100 bills. Flagging down another taxi, Litchfield traveled to Kansas City, Kansas, to an appliance store where authorities had picked up the thread and were continuing the investigation. "We have additional sources and are receiving more information about his activities, which we expect to lead to his arrest," Pekarek said. He added that Litchfield was to be considered armed and dangerous.

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