A federal grand jury indicted a couple who attempted a daring escape earlier this year while in custody of Farmington police for alleged identity and mail theft, bank fraud and other charges.
The escapade began this spring when Joseph L. Chatwin, 40, and Shauntae L. Stratton, 24, used a stolen credit card, checks and other ID cards taken from a wallet to open a bank account and purchase such items as a $30,000 motor home. They also took items that included two checks intended for Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church.
Chatwin and Stratton were arrested July 17 by Farmington police and taken in separate vehicles to the police station. As officers took Stratton to a holding cell, Chatwin managed to kick out a window of a squad car, squeeze head-first through the opening and then get away in an allegedly stolen SUV. As officers focused on Chatwin, Stratton managed to use some device to unlock the door of a holding cell and briefly take off before being recaptured.