Natasha Yurek and Nick Veronica
44 minutes ago
BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Michael Barham escaped from prison in Warren County, Pennsylvania, just before midnight on July 6. He was on the run for over a week before being arrested on July 15th. The timeline of this incident is as follows.
Barham is the prime suspect in the murder of 34-year-old Kara Hodgkin in Jamestown, New York, earlier this spring. After evading police for nearly two weeks, the suspect allegedly kidnapped an elderly couple in Pennsylvania before going into hiding in South Carolina. He was eventually captured and brought back to western New York in late June before being extradited to Pennsylvania on kidnapping charges. No charges have yet been filed in Hodgkin’s death.
Court documents obtained by News 4 on Thursday contained further information about Barham’s conduct during his escape in May.
May 9th: Barham reserves a hotel in Warren, Pennsylvania, with a checkout date of May 11th.
Before May 11th: Mr. Barham rents a car from Warren’s Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
May 11th: Jamestown police found the body of a woman with apparent gunshot wounds in a house on William Street, responding to a car fire on Fulton Street. The woman whose car was set on fire said her ex-boyfriend Barham tried to break into her home and set her car on fire. Rental vehicles are believed to have been observed near both incidents.
Around May 11, Barham returns the rental car to Enterprise and checks out of the hotel. Car rentals associated with Barham were recovered at Warren.
May 12: The deceased woman has been identified as 34-year-old Kara Hodgkin, mother of three children aged 8, 11 and 14.
May 20th: Barham, who has been identified as the “primal suspect” in Hodgkin’s murder, is accused of kidnapping a couple in Pennsylvania while on the run. A person contacted the police saying they were worried because his parents had not attended their granddaughter’s soccer game. The person said his parents were away from their home in Sheffield and that his 2022 Honda CRV was also missing. As a result, the police issue a missing person/dangerous person alert for the victim.
May 21st: The missing victim was found alive in a cemetery in North Charleston, South Carolina. The victims told police they were abducted at gunpoint from their homes, identifying Barham as the kidnapper. Their car is near the cemetery.
Inside the car, police found a note that Barham believed was written to his father.
[redacted phone number]
hey dad i’m safe
now. Just left the area.
Sorry for all the problems
I’m the one who bothered my family.
I quit drinking from May 10th.
i don’t feel sorry for myself
it was, but i feel so
Children are terrible.
I would like [redacted] and
(illegible) adopt [redacted].Story
to you soon. i love the mic
PS – I have [redacted] Forward
call your name
May 24th: Barham is arrested after leading police on a nearly two-week search in South Carolina.
June 14th: Barham appears in federal court in Buffalo before being extradited to Pennsylvania.
July 6th: Barham uses exercise equipment and bed sheets to break out of Warren County Jail.He was last seen at 11:20 p.m.
July 7: In the evening, police surround Warren’s buildings near Third and Water Streets in an attempt to obtain a search warrant. Barham was not in the building.
July 8th: Police said they believed Barham was still in the area and were announcing a $7,500 bounty from U.S. Marshals and a $2,000 Warren County Crime Prevention Department for information leading to his arrest. .
July 9th: Police said they had found a stockpile of supplies believed to be Barham’s.
July 10: Pennsylvania State Police said they believe Barham remains in the neighborhood and will be arrested.
July 11th: The reward for information about Burham increases to nearly $20,000.
July 12th: Police say there are “additional concerns” about Barham’s possible arming.
July 13th: Police have released photos of what they believe to be Barham’s cache of food, clothing and other items. The cache was found in a wooded area near Warren.
July 14th: Police have released a video of what is believed to be Barham’s first sighting, a man walking through his neighborhood, caught on a doorbell camera at a home in southern Warren.
July 15th: Police claim the video released on July 14 was not actually Barham. However, they believe that Bahram was in the area south of Warren at the same time.
July 15th: Barham is captured on the ninth day of his escape.Officials confirmed the news on News 4 just after 6 p.m.
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