Federal Charges Filed Against Pregnant Steuben County Fugitive

Authorities say a pregnant Steuben County fugitive who escaped custody by jumping out a window at a Pennsylvania hospital has been charged with kidnapping a mother and baby during her getaway. 

35-year-old Billie Jo Ribble of Bath was arraigned in federal court Wednesday and could spend the rest of her life behind bars if convicted. She also faces local charges relating to a burglary and her escape last week in Tioga County, PA.

Officials say she assaulted the jail guard watching her, jumped from a third-story window onto a second-story rooftop, then used a ladder to reach the ground. Officials say Ribble took a Wellsboro, Pa., woman and her infant hostage at knifepoint and forced the mother to drive her to New York.


The former standout basketball player was tracked down to her boyfriend's apartment in Corning, where she finally surrendered. Ribble was wanted on charges for a robbery and burglary that occurred last year in Steuben County.

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