Flyer in English Chesimard
Wanted poster of Joanne Chesimard in English.
Flyer in Spanish Chesimard
Wanted poster for Joanne Chesimard in Spanish
- Chronology of events in Chesimard case
On May 2, 1973, Chesimard and two accomplices were stopped by Troopers James Harper and Werner Foerster, on the New Jersey Turnpike, for a motor vehicle violation. All three subjects possessed fictitious identification, and, unbeknownst to the troopers, all three were armed with semi-automatic handguns. From the front passenger seat, Chesimard fired the first shot, wounding Trooper James Harper in the shoulder. As Harper moved for cover, Chesimard exited the car and continued to fire at both troopers until she was wounded by Harper's return fire.
The rear seat passenger, James Coston, also fired at the troopers and was mortally wounded by Trooper Harper. Trooper Werner Foerster was engaged in a hand-to-hand combat with the vehicle's driver, Clark Squire. Foerster was severely wounded in his right arm and abdomen and then executed with his own service weapon on the roadside. Chesimard's jammed handgun was found at Foerster's side.
The three assailants returned to their car and drove down the road approximately five miles before abandoning the vehicle. Within half an hour, Chesimard was arrested by New Jersey State Troopers. Coston was found to have died near their vehicle, and Squire was found 40 hours later within a mile of their car.
Chesimard and Squire were charged, convicted and sentenced for the murder of Trooper Werner Foerster, as well as additional charges. Squire remains in jail. In 1979, Chesimard escaped with help from a coalition of radical, domestic terror groups who took two guards hostage during an armed assault at the facility where she was being lodged.
Provided by the New Jersey State Police
Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 6:46 am
Thursday, May 2, 2013 6:46 am.