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Inmates returned to custody

March 17, 2014

After around the clock searching, and countless man hours the two inmates that escaped from the Pushmataha County Jail are now back in custody and facing new criminal charges for escaping from a penal institution.
On Sunday night, February 16, two DOC inmates being housed in Pushmataha County Jail escaped after overpowering jail staff while the inmates were being served. The inmates were spotted by Antlers Police Department’s dispatchers and the hunt began.
Deputies began searching for the escapees immediately with the help of Choctaw County, Bryan County, Atoka County, Rattan Police Department, Antlers Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals.
“The situation that made the inmates escape possible has been corrected. The people of Pushmataha County can rest assure that this issue will not happen again. The inmates are behind several well protected walls and policies are put in place to avoid this problem happening again,” stated Sheriff Terry Duncan.
On Monday night, February 17, around 10:00 p.m., Michael Avery, one of the inmates, was captured by Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Department deputies when they saw him running across a field by HWY 70, about 1/2 a mile from the Hugo “Y” in Choctaw County.
Clayton Scraper was finally apprehended on Friday, February 21st, by the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department. Scraper was found approximately 3 miles northwest of Soper in Choctaw County.
“I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the apprehension of these two inmates,” continued Duncan. “We had a lot of help from assisting agencies, as well as all deputies and reserve deputies we had at our disposal looking around the clock. We took shifts looking until both were back in custody. We really aprechiated the help.”

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