Police: Escaped York Co. Prison inmate, boyfriend captured in Texas


Authorities on Thursday tracked down an escaped York County Prison inmate and her fugitive boyfriend to a remote hunting camp in Texas, according to police.

Xiomara Renee Saenz and Robert Francis Bilunas had been on the run since June 26, according to state police in York.

Police allege Bilunas helped Saenz flee York County while she was out of the prison for a dental appointment. Saenz was a work-release inmate at the prison, police said.

Bilunas picked up Saenz at the prison and drove her to her dentist appointment, police said, but afterward she failed to return to prison.

Troopers filed third-degree felony charges against the pair and asked for the public's help in finding them.

Saenz, 35, of York, is facing an escape charge while Bilunas, 45, of South Locust Lane in Mechanicsburg, will be charged with hindering Saenz's apprehension, according to court records.

Police said Pennsylvania State Police, members of the U.S. Marshals Service and Texas deputies tracked the couple and found them at "a remote hunting camp" in Arroyo City, Texas, police said in a news release.

They were arrested and taken to the Cameron County Jail to await extradition, police said.

Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman, said it appears the couple fled to Texas because Saenz has family members in the area.

"Supposedly she has some family that worked at that hunting camp who were willing to help her out and get her and her boyfriends jobs there," he said.

Investigating Trooper Matthew Hamilton received a few leads about the couple's whereabouts that led him to focus on Texas, at which point he was able to verify Saenz and Bilunas were at the camp, according to Hicks.

At that point, Hamilton alerted U.S. marshals, who captured the pair with the help of local law enforcement, police said.

Saenz had been serving more prison time on a 2012 felony retail theft case for which she was sentenced to six months in prison, according to court records. That occurred in January 2013, and Saenz did her time and was released, records indicate.

But she was back in York County Court in December. During that hearing, Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn determined Saenz had violated her probation and sentenced her to an additional nine months in prison, records state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.