Two fugitives from western New York were captured in Elk Grove Village Saturday thanks to a collaboration between Buffalo, N.Y., police and law enforcement in this region.
Cara Dickey, a former Buffalo teacher, served a three-year prison sentence for rape after pleading guilty in 2009 to charges she had a sexual relationship with a student at her school.
According to the U.S. Marshal Service in the Western District of New York, Dickey cut her ankle monitoring bracelet and failed to report to the state department of corrections Jan. 9.
Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Larish said the search for Dickey involved marshals in the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force. Dickey was arrested and charged with prostitution Feb. 13 in Chicago, he said, adding that she used an alias, which caused some delay. Larish said police eventually found her Saturday at a Touhy Avenue motel in Elk Grove Village.
Dickey was found with Candice Brighon, another western New York fugitive originally arrested on charges of burglary, Larish said.
The Buffalo Police Department, the U.S. Marshal Service and the New York State Department of Corrections worked together to make sure the fugitives did not fall through the cracks between law enforcement jurisdictions when they left town.
"Several police agencies together worked well," Larish said. "We took two people off the street who would have continued to commit crimes."
Both women are in Cook County jail awaiting their return to New York. Larish said that could take up to 90 days depending on legal procedures but could also happen as quickly as this week.