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For Immediate Release

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September 28, 2017 Northern District of California; 415-730-5243
USMS Office of Public Affairs; (703) 740-1699
Escaped Dublin Inmates Caught in Mexico
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Two women who escaped from a northern California federal prison have been arrested in Mexico and returned to the United States.

Irene Michell, 37, and Anna Armstrong, 34, are alleged to have escaped from FCI Dublin, a federal women’s minimum security prison camp, on the evening of Sept. 4 and have been sought by the U.S. Marshals ever since. Multiple sightings of Michell were initially reported by the public, but the two escaped fugitives remained elusive.

Based on leads developed by investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force in San Francisco, deputy marshals from the Southern District of California worked with their counterparts in the Baja State Police Liaison Unit Policia Estatal Preventive to locate Michell in an apartment complex near an area of Tijuana known as Guaycura, less than 10 miles from the U.S. border. After confirming her location, Mexican authorities made the arrest Sept. 26.

Additionally, leads were developed by the investigative team in San Francisco on Armstrong’s whereabouts. On Sept. 27, deputy marshals in District of Arizona, Yuma office, worked with their counterparts in Mexcio to locate Armstrong in San Luis Rio Colorado. After confirming her location, Mexican authorities moved in and made the arrest.

Michell, who is a U.S. citizen, was removed Sept. 27 from Mexico into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in San Diego. Charged with escape in the Northern District of California, and made her initial appearance on that charge in federal court in San Diego Sept. 28.

Armstrong, also a U.S. Citizen, was removed late Sept. 27 from Mexico into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in Yuma, Arizona. She was also charged with escape in the Northern District of California, and made her initial appearance on that charge in federal court in Yuma Sept. 28.

“This arrest is a great example of the cooperative relationship the U.S. Marshals have with their law enforcement partners across the border,” said U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California Don O’Keefe. “These arrest could not have been made without close ooperation with our Mexican counterparts. Those relationships are vital to our Agency’s ability to conduct complex investigations and ensure that fugitive are captured, no matter where they may flee.”

To find information on fugitives currently being sought by the U.S. Marshals in Northern California or to submit a tip on the whereabouts of a fugitive, please visit: http://northerncaliforniamostwanted.org"

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the country. The U.S. Marshals regularly work in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives. http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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