GLIDE, Ore.- A couple who committed various crimes stayed together, ran from the law together and, as of this morning, remain together - only this time, they're behind bars in an Oregon jail cell.
Heath Marlow and Joy Crawford-Marlow were both apprehended early Thursday morning after a Crime Stoppers tip led detectives to the other side of the country, where a cooperative effort between members of the US Marshals Service located and arrested both fugitives without incident.
Heath Marlow had been on the run since February 2008, wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
According to reports, Marlow had gone to the Lehigh home of his ex-girlfriend and mother of his two children, Joy Crawford. An argument ensued and Marlow became physically violent, and shoved a bookshelf in Crawford's direction. He then began hitting her in the face and upper body with his fists. When Crawford got up, Marlow picked up a baseball bat, chased her out of the house, then struck her in the head and wrist, causing multiple injuries.
An unknown onlooker pulled Marlow off Crawford, who then fled the scene on foot. A warrant for Marlow's arrest was quickly issued, however he went into hiding, and has been on the run ever since.
On April 3, Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that Marlow had moved to Glide, Oregon and was living with his new wife, who also happened to be the victim of his 2008 aggravated battery, Joy Crawford-Marlow.
The United States Marshals Florida Regional Task Force, consisting of members of the US Marhsals Office, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Cape Coral Police Department, Charlotte County Sheriff's Office and Fort Myers Police Department, assumed the investigation in tracking down Marlow. While researching the case, detectives learned that Joy Crawford-Marlow also had a felony arrest warrant in Lee County, issued in September 2008 for violating her probation on original charges of grand theft.
Utilizing information received from the Crime Stoppers tip, detectives with the Task Force turned their attention to Glide, Oregon and contacted the United States Marshals Office in Eugene, Oregon - providing them with photos, place of employment and residential information for both Heath and Joy. Early this morning, the USMS in Oregon set up surveillance and observed Joy Crawford-Marlow driving away from the residence. She was immediately taken into custody. Marshals then went to the couple's home, and woke Heath Marlow up from his state of slumber, and promptly arrested him without incident.
Both Heath Marlow and Joy Crawford-Marlow will be returned to Lee County after an extradition hearing is held in Oregon. Both Mr. and Mrs. Marlow, who were wed in January, will be held without bond upon their arrival back in Fort Myers.
For additional information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at 239-477- 1407.