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Women Arrested for Concealing Evidence, Helping Murder Suspects Flee: Vt. Police

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Burlington Police Department

Two women were arrested for allegedly helping a pair of murder suspects conceal evidence and escape the scene, according to police in Vermont.

Burlington police said resident Angelina Pearson-Fitzpatrick, 54, and Takesha Thomas, 26, of Orlando, Florida, were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of 23-year-old Benzel Hampton. Hampton was fatally shot in the head on April 19 during an exchange of gunfire.

The women are accused of helping suspects Johnny Ford and Brandon Sanders flee the scene and discard evidence. Pearson-Fitzpatrick and Thomas allegedly provided transportation, procured hotel rooms and discarded clothing worn by Ford and Sanders during the shooting, Burlington police said.

Both women were charged with Accessory After the Fact.

Pearson-Fitzpatrick and Thomas are due in Chittenden Superior Court on Tuesday morning. It is unclear if either of the women have an attorney.

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