-- Updated story, 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 --
Police apprehended an escaped convict with ties to Stephens County in Wichita Falls, Texas on Wednesday afternoon following a manhunt that began Tuesday evening near McAlester, Oklahoma, according to a report from The Davis News.
The convict, Preston Whittington, of Comanche, escaped in the early hours of Wednesday, March 31 from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester, Oklahoma. Whittington is serving time after being incarcerated on charges of kidnapping, second degree burglary and contributing to the delinquency of minors in Stephens County in 2019.
According to Davis Police, the escaped prison inmate from McAlester “led officers on a high speed pursuit then fled on foot on River Bottom Road just south of Scruggs Road in Davis.”
The Davis News reported just after 7:30 a.m., Whittington “allegedly broke into a house close to his last known location around Ruppe Road.” The same report shows Whittington “stole the homeowner’s keys to his vehicle and the man’s clothes and boots” before the pursuit, “leaving his wet DOC clothing at the residence,” according to The Davis News.
“When the homeowner realized the vehicle was gone, law enforcement used OnStar to locate the vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in Wichita Falls, Texas,” The Davis News reported Wednesday. The Davis News also reported Whittington reportedly has a sister in that area.
The Davis News reported Wichita Falls Police Department recovered the vehicle of the homeowner and that Whittington is in police custody in Wichita Falls, Texas.
According to The Banner archives, the robbery case in 2019 included break ins at Meridian Kwik Mart as well as Honk N Holler on Fuller Road. The Banner reported Kwik Mart was broken into by use of a baseball bat to the front window on the evening of Jan. 21, 2019, and later that night Honk n Holler was also hit, where cigarettes and beer were stolen. A second person was reportedly with Whittington during the break ins.
On Feb. 7, 2019, deputies learned Whittington “bragged that he was the mastermind in the burglaries and that he was the getaway driver,” states a report. This led police to identify two additional 17 year old suspects in the same case.
On March 7, 2019, Stephens County law enforcement confirmed they had Whittington in custody after his arrest in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Whittington received a sentence of three years for attempted burglary in the second degree, seven years for burglary in the second degree and five years for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Whittington, in a separate case from 2019, also received 20 years with 10 years suspended for a charge of kidnapping.
-- Original story, 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 31 --
Police in Oklahoma are seeking an escaped inmate from the Jackie O’Brannon Correctional Center who has multiple felony convictions out of Stephens County.
According to information reported by The Davis News, the escaped convict is Preston Whittington, who is a white male about five-feet and 10-inches in height. According to records from Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Whittington weighs about 165 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.
Davis Police Department reported the escape in the early hours of Wednesday, March 31.
According to Davis Police, the escaped prison inmate from McAlester led officers on a high speed pursuit then fled on foot on River Bottom Road just south of Scruggs Road in Davis where the suspect was last spotted. The suspect has not been apprehended at this time and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Davis Police.
The Davis News reported law enforcement believes the inmate could either be in hiding or headed across the river.
The Davis News also reported after searching late Tuesday night into Wednesday, law enforcement decided to “downsize the operation after hours of searching” but “four units and six or eight officers and two dogs with the Department of Corrections will remain on scene with the Garvin County Sheriff’s Department through the night.”
Convictions for Whittington out of Stephens County include kidnapping, contributing to the delinquency of minors and second degree burglary.
If Whittington is spotted, immediately dial 911.
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