Felons Flee Through Dublin, 1939
Two Desperate Escaped Felons Still at Large (By Associated Press) OAKLAND, June 22. Somewhere in central California two desperate escaped convicts were at large tonight and peace officers of a dozen cities were on the alert to trace down the flurry of reports the pair had been seen in widely separated districts. James O'Connell, 33, and E. W. Richards, 24, who escaped from a San Quentin prison road camp near Redding late Monday night by kidnaping their guard, were last seen and positively identified when they forced a San Leandro family to serve them dinner last night, and went away taking clothing and a shotgun, believed to be unloaded. A few minutes later they stole an automobile from a man who was parking it. Late today, police broadcast a report the men had been seen heading east through Dublin, 12 miles southeast of Oakland. Someone had telephoned he saw a car with one man in the front seat and another in the back, holding a gun between his legs. State highway patrolmen sped to the region, but found no such car. Police believed the men's urgent need for money would force them to new robberies. After their escape at the road camp, they invaded the home of a minister there, the Rev. Ralph H. Richardson, forced him to give them food and slugged him with lengths of pipe.