A search is underway in Pennsylvania for an escaped prisoner believed to be armed and dangerous.
Michael Barham, 34, charged with kidnapping and robbery, escaped from Warren County Jail on July 6, according to a state police news release.
Barham, who was also a murder suspect, reportedly used bedsheets to climb down the prison walls, according to an earlier McClatchy News report.
“The man was last seen wearing a denim jacket, an orange (striped) jumpsuit and orange crocodile shoes,” police said, adding that he may have changed clothes.
After his escape, a search was conducted in Warren, but later the surrounding area was also searched.
Agencies participating in the investigation include the US Forest Service and the US Marshals Service, which are offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to Barham’s capture. Warren County Crime Stoppers are offering him a $2,000 bounty.
“Bahlam is a military-trained self-taught survivalist who may be detained in a wooded area,” police said, adding that he was believed to be “armed and dangerous.” pointed out that
Members of the public are asked to stay away from Barham and contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Warren at 814-728-3600. He has tiger tattoos on his right biceps and left forearm, according to photos released by police.
According to WNEP, police said in an update on July 9 that they had found several campsites that Barham may have been using in the woodlands around Warren.
Barham was arrested in South Carolina on May 24 following a large multi-agency raid, police in Jamestown, New York, said.
Police say he is a suspect in the murder of Kara Hodgkin in Jamestown.
Hodgkin, 34, a mother of three who “loved adventurous adventures,” died May 11, according to an online obituary.
A spokeswoman for Warren State Police did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment.
Warren is located in western Pennsylvania, about 160 miles south of Buffalo.
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