BCSO: Deputies Arrest Fugitive, And Mother, Daughter Accomplices

Panama City, Fla. - The Bay County Sheriff's Office caught an escaped prisoner from Winston County, Alabama, deputies wrote in a news release.

Curtis Hogeland was arrested Saturday at a home on Taylor Road in Panama City.
The Winston County Sheriff's Office made contact with the BCSO on May 12, advising they had received information that an escaped prisoner from their county might possibly be in Bay County with his girlfriend, Barbara Abney. Hogeland had been working at a local sawmill in Winston County on a work-release program, deputies wrote. Hogeland was incarcerated in Alabama for probation violations on drug charges.

An investigation led deputies to the Taylor Road home of Barbara Abney. When deputies arrived they made contact with Abney who said she had visited Hogeland last Sunday in Alabama and just arrived at her mother's residence on Taylor Road the day before.

"Abney denied multiple times knowing anything about where Hogeland might be or even that he had escaped from Winston County, Alabama," deputies wrote. "Abney gave deputies a verbal consent to search the home."

As deputies were searching the residence, Abney's mother arrived in a vehicle with a man. Betty Johnson, Abney's mother, was also questioned about having seen or heard from Hogeland since his escape.

"She, too, denied knowing anything about where the fugitive could be," deputies wrote. But, "when questioned, the male passenger she arrived with told deputies that Curtis Hogeland had been at the residence that very day."

During their search deputies eventually found Hogeland lying in the grass near the home. 

Betty Johnson, 70, and Barbara Abney, 50, of Panama City, were charged with harboring an escaped prisoner.

Curtis Hogeland, 51, of Adamsville, Alabama, was placed in the Bay County Jail to await extradition to Winston County, Alabama.

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