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Stringtown inmate captured; woman arrested

The Associated Press - July 26, 2018 10:55 am

STRINGTOWN, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who walked away from a prison in southeastern Oklahoma has been apprehended and a woman accused of helping him escape has been arrested.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 34-year-old Johnny Simmons was captured Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area south of Coleman, about 104 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Officials say they have arrested 41-year-old Tammy Edwards on complaints of aiding in Simmons’ escape and harboring a fugitive.

Officials say Simmons walked away from the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown early Wednesday. A resident reported seeing Simmons come out of the woods and ask to borrow a phone. Officials say a canine unit tracked him down from there.

Among other things, Simmons was serving time for second-degree burglary and assault and battery.

 

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