Howe, Oklahoma-LeFlore County police are searching for an inmate who escaped from jail in Sedalia, MO.
LeFlore County deputies are searching for Travis Lee Davis, 30, who escaped from the Pettit County Jail in Sedalia, MO., on Sunday night. Deputies said Davis allegedly stole a Heavener police car and fled before wrecking it on Forest Hill Road off Highway 59. Davis then fled on foot.
Davis was arrested earlier in Heavener, but police didn’t know he was an escaped inmate at the time. He was placed in a Heavener patrol car with a window partition that was closed. Heavener Police Chief Ty Armstrong said the officer had his keyfob, but somehow Davis was able to get to the driver’s seat and drive away while still handcuffed.
Davis wrecked the stolen patrol car a few miles away on Forest Hill Road off Highway 59 and fled on foot.
Armstrong said police are searching the area, but there is a possibility Davis was able to hop on the train.
Howe school officials said they are monitoring the situation, and schools are taking precautions if necessary. They said school doors are locked regularly to keep students safe. They said the manhunt does not appear to be near the schools at this time.
Davis was being held in the Pettis County jail in Sedalia on $100,000 bond after a hostage situation in February. Sedalia police said Davis held a woman and toddler hostage inside an apartment bedroom on Feb. 13 before the woman and boy were released. Police said Davis was taken into custody after about two hours, but he resisted as he was arrested.
Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said jail officers discovered Davis had escaped on Sunday night.
Davis is a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing about 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes and has several tattoos, including a “third eye” tattoo of an eye in a pyramid on the front of his neck.