September 1, 2014

Oskaloosa husband and wife charged after escape

Latisha and Curtis Bunnell.

An Oskaloosa man is back in custody, along with his wife, after she helped him escape from the Wapello County Jail Monday.

Wapello County Sheriff Mark Miller says 38-year-old Curtis Bunnell was being transported to the courthouse around 11 a.m. when he made the getaway.

“His accomplice was waiting with a car running, a window down and the seat pulled back. It happened so fast, he was literally able to take a couple steps and dove into the car,” Miller said.

“The correctional officer had some other prisoners with him…so the car was able to drive down the street.”

Bunnell’s wife, 27-year-old Latisha Bunnell, was allegedly driving the car. The couple was captured around one o’clock this morning at a home in Oskaloosa. “We found him in the basement crawl space area hiding from us,” Miller said.

Curtis Bunnell was being held on a charge of first-degree robbery after he allegedly robbed an Ottumwa landlord at gunpoint last month. He’s now facing additional charges, including escape.

His wife, Latisha, is also facing a felony charge for aiding and abetting the escape.