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Police capture 18-year-old wanted for slayings

Nov. 15, 2005

By ASHLEY M. HEHER, The Associated Press

BELLEVILLE, Ind. -- A man wanted in a Pennsylvania double homicide and apparent abduction of a 14-year-old girl was captured Monday after a car he was driving crashed in Indiana following a police pursuit, Indiana State Police said. The girl was found unharmed.

State Police 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said David Ludwig, 18, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. CST after a car he was driving crashed about 20 miles west of Indianapolis.

Bursten said Ludwig was found with the missing girl, 14-year-old Kara Beth Borden, a daughter of the slain couple who was apparently Ludwig's girlfriend.

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David Ludwig sits in a police car Monday after leading police on a high-speed pursuit, that ended in a crash in Belleville, Ind. Ludwig is suspected of killing his girlfriend's parents over a curfew dispute and then abducting the girl.
"He's in custody and we have the girl," Bursten said. Police in Pennsylvania said Ludwig killed Kara's parents, Michael F. and Cathryn Lee Borden, early Sunday after they and their daughter argued about her curfew. The shootings happened at the family's home near Lititz in Warwick Township, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.

Footage from news helicopters in Indiana showed a girl sitting in a police cruiser, and a young man wearing a gray T-shirt was handcuffed sitting next to a red Volkswagen Jetta that had run head-on into a tree.

The site is some 600 miles from the scene of the killings.

Authorities in Pennsylvania had said Ludwig had his parents' red Jetta.

Ludwig and Borden were brought to the State Police post in Putnamville, where they were being questioned, 1st Sgt. Steve Hibler said.

Pennsylvania authorities talked with Indiana State Police but had little new information, said Richard F. Garipoli Jr., police chief of Warwick Township.