- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) - Authorities plan to investigate what led up to the escape of a prison inmate suspected of having strangled an acquaintance while on the run in western Pennsylvania last week.

Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said Tuesday that his office will examine the circumstances surrounding last week’s escape by 38-year-old Robert Edward Crissman.

The (Kittanning) Leader Times (https://bit.ly/1KOMBlh) reported earlier that the jail’s board will also be probing the escape. Commissioner Bob Bower says the board will meet Wednesday.

Authorities said Crissman fled through an unlocked door at the jail Thursday during a work-release program. They allege that he beat and strangled 55-year-old Tammy Long after escaping.

Crissman was captured Friday and charged with homicide, theft, escape and aggravated assault.

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Information from: Leader Times, https://www.leadertimes.com


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