Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Escaped Inmate Captured in Tennessee After 4-Day Manhunt

Escaped Inmate Captured in Tennessee After 4-Day Manhunt

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms an escaped convicted charged with sexually assaulting and killing a corrections administrator, has been captured. They believe Johnson, 64, was the victim of a homicide.

Watson is also now serving a 15-year sentence on a conviction of aggravated kidnapping out of Henry County. For four sleepless days and nights, authorities searched the surrounding area, a rural patchwork of forest and farms northeast of Memphis, offering a $57,000 reward for Watson's capture and warning that he should be considered extremely unsafe.

A Tennessee convict labeled by authorities as "very dangerous" is still the focus of a manhunt after he escaped on Wednesday. If you have a tip on where he may be headed, contact local law enforcement. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Twitter that Watson was caught Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.

"The family of Curtis Watson would like to extend their deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the family of Ms Debra Johnson", Pole said.

Authorities are investigating how Watson escaped the prison. It had warned people in the immediate prison area to be on the lookout and double-check their property, crawl spaces and dog houses - anywhere someone could hide. Those with trail or property surveillance cameras should check those too, officials said. And, while the suspect remains at large, checking on neighbors would also be helpful.

"He could be anywhere", TBI Director David Rausch said.

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Johnson worked for the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) for 38 years in various roles that included correctional sergeant, deputy warden and warden.

Within 30 minutes of receiving the Taylors' call, hundreds of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies descended on the area, "which then kept it contained and controlled from that point forward", Rausch said.

He has changed his clothing since his escape from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday. A photo on a wanted poster shows him with a bald head and mostly white beard that is closely cropped except at his chin, where it extends several inches. We appreciate your vigilance and your support over the past few days! "We need to get this unsafe individual into custody". It was found about a mile away from the facility.

The search is ongoing for escaped inmate Curtis Ray Watson.

Watson was finally back in police custody by noon on Sunday.

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