The following article appeared in the March 22, 1934, issue of the Lowell Tribune (page 1, column 3):
YOUNGBLOOD IS SLAIN IN BATTLE
NEGRO WHO ESCAPED WITH DILLINGER SLAIN IN MICHIGAN
Herbert Youngblood, the Gary negro who was in the county jail on a charge of murder, and who made his escape with John Dillinger, was killed in Port Huron, Michigan, in a gun battle with three officers of that city. Youngblood was mortally wounded in the battle and died a short time after arriving at the hospital. Deputy Sheriff Charles Cavanaugh was mortally wounded in the battle and died a few hours later. Another officer has met his death on account of the Dillinger gang being at large.
Before he died, Youngblood told the officers that Dillinger was in the neighborhood of Port Huron and immediately officers began a search for the escaped man, but no trace of him was found. It is said that later Youngblood retracted the story and said he did not know where Dillinger was at that time as he had parted with him soon after their escape from the Crown Point jail. It is reported that Dillinger had been seen in Toronto, Canada. It was also reported that he, in company with another man, was arranging for passage on an airplane to try and get out of the country.