Authorities: 81-year-old Trinity woman hid fugitive

Jane Diehl (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jane Diehl (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kimberly Karstedt (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Kimberly Karstedt (Source: Angelina County Jail)

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office have arrested a woman on a probation violation and an 81-year-old woman accused of hiding her in her home, so she would not get arrested Monday evening.

Jane Seabolt Diehl, 81, of Trinity, is charged with third-degree hindering apprehension. Kimberly Faye Karstedt, 43, of Trinity, is charged with probation violation on a conviction of DWI third or more.

Chief Deputy Tommy Park said the probation department contacted him and asked they arrest Karstedt. He said they went to Diehl's home on Thursday because they had reason to believe Karstedt was staying there.

On the way to the home in the Hawg Heaven subdivision, Park said they passed a woman walking down the road. When they got to Diehl's home, nobody answered the door, but a neighbor told them they had passed Karstedt walking down the road. Park said they believe Karstedt then hid from them in the woods.

Park said they went back to the house Monday and this time Diehl answered the door. He said she allowed them to search the home, but they could not find Karstedt.

Park said they left the home and talked to Karstedt's daughter on the phone, who said she knew Karstedt was at the home because she had just gotten off the phone with them. He said the daughter called Karstedt back and put Park on a three-way call.

"We could hear them talking about her having to hide in the closet and stuff like that," Park said. "Then the woman said she was going to the dollar store."

Park said deputies went back to the home and knowing Diehl would not be there, they forced themselves inside. They found Karstedt hiding under a blanket in the den, Park said.

They then waited on Diehl to come back to the house. When she returned, Park said she told deputies Karstedt was not at the house and she was not lying and "I go to church, I'll put my hand on a whole stack of Bibles."

Deputies then revealed Karstedt was in the patrol car and arrested Diehl.

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