Florida Department of Law Enforcement Press Release:
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Florida Police Chiefs Association are offering a reward for information leading to the capture of Robert Baldwin, 62, for his 1988 escape from the Baker Correctional Institution. He is one of a dozen cold case prison escapees being featured during the “12 Days of Fugitives” campaign – a joint public outreach initiative by FDLE and DOC.
On May 13, 1970, Baldwin held a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Tarpon Springs Police Officer at gunpoint during a traffic stop and fled in one of the marked vehicles. The following day, Baldwin kidnapped an elderly couple in Holiday, Fla. and forced them to drive him to Citrus County where he fled into the Withlacoochee State Forest.
Baldwin was caught and arrested on May 15, 1970 by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He was sentenced to life in prison for the crimes but escaped in March of 1976 from the Glades Correctional Institution.
He was captured two years later and was serving his life sentence at the Baker Correctional Institution when he escaped again in July of 1988.
“Baldwin is facing life in prison and probably believes he has nothing to lose,” said FDLE Tampa Bay Special Agent in Charge Jim Madden. “He has eluded authorities for way too long and it is time this violent fugitive is put behind bars permanently.”
Baldwin is 5’7” and at the time of his escape was approximately 150 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair and has a v-shaped scar on his chin. He has worked as an auto mechanic, truck driver and plumber. Baldwin has used the aliases Bob Lawrence Baldwin, Gene Lewis Miller and William Mead. He has a red and green rose tattoo on his left forearm and a tattoo of an eagle on his chest.
Baldwin is featured today on digital billboards across the state. The Florida Outdoor Advertising Association and its network of member companies are broadcasting the faces of the fugitives and the tip line number throughout the campaign period. There are 90 digital billboard locations statewide.
There is an active warrant for Baldwin for escape, a first-degree felony. The warrant is for nationwide extradition. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the toll free tip line at 1-877-FLA-WANTED (1-877-352-9268) or e-mail FLAWanted@fdle.state.fl.us.
The “12 Days of Fugitives” campaign is designed to reach the public during the holiday season when investigators believe the wanted men are most likely to contact friends, family and loved ones. More than $22,000 in reward money is available, with up to $2,500 offered per fugitive for information leading to their capture. To learn more about the “12 Days of Fugitives” visit www.fdle.state.fl.us.
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
Gretl Plessinger or Jo Ellyn Rackleff
DOC Public Affairs