CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – The ex-girlfriend of the man accused of killing a Chattanooga police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Thirty-year-old Amber Vlasak-Hudson was indicted on September 15 in Colorado on charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive and accessory after the fact.
According to the indictment, Vlasak-Hudson rented a motel room to hide Jesse Mathews following and armed robbery of a pawn shop in Colorado Springs.
Police say Mathews then made his way to Chattanooga where he attempted to rob a pawn shop on Brainerd Road. He is accused of shooting and killing Sergeant Tim Chapin in a gun battle following the botched robbery.
Vlasak-Hudson is the sixth person arrested in connection with Mathews' cross-country crime spree.
"The coordination that it took, the focus that it took and to make such a solid case against so many people, its a relief to see that a portion of this is shutting down," said Officer Craig Joel, with the Fraternal Order of Police.
Multiple agencies across the nation have worked tirelessly to charge everyone connected to Mathews. His entire family, including his sister's boyfriend have all been federally charged.
"To know he had this kind of concerted effort, this support system within his family, its sick," Joel said.
Federal agents believe all of them helped Mathews escape from a halfway house in Colorado, where he was serving time after he allegedly took 16 firearms during a robbery at a Colorado Springs pawn store in Feb. Amber Vlasak-Hudson is believed to have helped him escape authorities. She was indicted on federal charges this month.
"Nothing will ever bring back Tim," said Joel. "But it shows the public that justice is being served and being served fairly."
In late April, District Attorney Bill Cox spoke with Channel 3. "We filed the death penalty, yes," Cox said. He was not so outspoken when we talked with him Monday. His response, no comment. Either way, Joel said he's ready for it to be over.
"They've got a family criminal enterprise and we're seeing it shut down. What they did was despicable, what their son did was despicable, what they aided and embedded is horrifying to think that kind of thing exists on that level," said Joel.
Kathleen and Ray Mathews will appear in court Tuesday for their change of plea hearing. They face a number of charges including possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and disposing firearms to a convicted felon.
Court records show Vlasak has not been taken into custody yet.
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:47 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:47:12 GMT
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