Pennsylvania Inmate Escapes, Kills Woman: Sheriff

Pennsylvania police are searching for an escaped jail inmate suspected of killing a woman after walking away from a work-release program.

Armstrong County officials said Robert Crissman ran from the jail around 6:30 a.m. Thursday while delivering meals to other inmates. Sheriff William Rupert said Crissman, 38, walked outside to get the meals from a truck and took off.

The body of 55-year-old Tammy Long was discovered at a home along Rayburn Road -- a short distance from the jail, reported Channel 11 in Pittsburgh. Crissman knew Long but police believe she didn't know he was on the lam.

Long's boyfriend found her dead in the bathroom when he returned home around 2:45 p.m., reported Channel 11.

Officials said Crissman was in jail for violating probation on a drug charge and was trusted by staff. There were no violent crimes on his record.

Crissman is 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen driving a maroon extended cab 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. It has a carpenter union sticker and Pennsylvania plate "ZDB-5831," according to reports.

Anyone who spots Crissman or the truck is urged to call 911 immediately since the escapee is considered armed and dangerous, said authorities.

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