Armstrong County Jail
July 31, 2015 03:00 PM

His time as a “free” man was short-lived.

Robert Crissman, 38, the Pennsylvania inmate who escaped from the Armstrong County Jail on Thursday, has been captured, according to reports.

After a day on the run, Crissman knocked on the door of a home just miles from the Kittanning jail where he was serving time for violating probation, District Attorney Scott J. Andreassi told NBC News.

A woman answered the door and immediately recognized the convict from the news. She closed the door, locked it and called the police, Andreassi said.

Officers arrived within minutes, but Crissman had already fled in a truck. The 38-year-old led police on a brief chase along back roads in Boggs Township, and as Andreassi told NBC, Crissman lost control of the truck after attempting to slam it into a state police cruiser.

He was arrested at 8:40 a.m. and taken back to the jail, where his charges were increased to include murder, assault on a police officer, theft of a truck and guns and escape.

Hours after he fled the jail during his work-release duties, police were called to a home about a mile from the jail, WPXI reports. The body of 55-year-old Tammy Long was found in the bathroom.

Police determined that Crissman had been at the home and knew the victim, Andreassi said Thursday. The victim, however, did not know Crissman was an escapee or that he had been serving jail time.

Police told WPXI that Long let Crissman into her home, allowed him to use her phone and was going to let him use her truck. Sources told the station that the plan went awry and Crissman beat the woman to death and stole guns from the house before fleeing in the victim’s truck.

A coroner has ruled Long’s death a homicide.

Andreassi initially told reporters that Crissman was “considered extremely dangerous,” according to the Associated Press. Gov. Tom Wolf told the public that if they saw Crissman, “Do not engage the inmate.”

Authorities say they believe now that Crissman never traveled more than 12 miles from the jail, according to NBC.

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