D.C. - The U.S. Marshals announced today the arrest of the most
wanted woman in America, Sarah Pender. Pender, the lone female fugitive on
the Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted list, was arrested Saturday, December 20, in
Chicago by local authorities. An anonymous tip was received less than two
hours after Pender was profiled on Fox’s America’s Most Wanted, and police
were able to pinpoint her whereabouts. She was found in an apartment in the
2200 block of West Farwell Avenue and was arrested without incident.
Pender was convicted in 2002 on two counts of
murder and was serving a 110-year sentence in the Rockville Correction
Facility in Indiana before she escaped in August. In 2000, Pender and her
boyfriend purchased a shotgun and returned to their residence where they
shot their two roommates. After killing the roommates, Pender and her
boyfriend disposed of the bodies in a trash dumpster.
While serving her sentence, prison
authorities believe Pender befriended a correctional officer, who allegedly
helped her escape. Prison security footage on the day she escaped shows
Pender walking toward a prison exit at the same time the guard drove into
the facility to get gasoline. Authorities believe the guard hid her in the
vehicle and drove her off the prison grounds where she met up with her
According to Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal W. Buz
Brown of the Southern District of Indiana, the citizen tip leading to
Pender’s location indicated the trust between the public and the joint law
enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.
Pender is currently awaiting an extradition
hearing and may be returned to Indiana as early as today.