MIDWEST CITY — A man sought by the McClain County Sheriff’s Department after he escaped custody last week was arrested Monday night at a Midwest City residence. Curtis Lee Johnson, 31, was detained without incident, Sheriff Don Hewett said.
Hewett said someone at the residence called Midwest City Police to report Johnson’s whereabouts. Police and McClain County officers arrested him at the residence about 10 p.m.
A manhunt for Johnson was launched Thursday near Goldsby when he managed to get out of a patrol car in which he had been placed after being arrested at the scene of a burglary. Law officers were searching for a gun they believed he had thrown into the bushes when he managed to open the patrol car’s door and run, Hewett said.
Johnson was arrested at a building on Burr Oak Road owned by Storm Manufacturing Co. after he and two other people were seen carrying computers out of the building, the sheriff said. The building owner had locked the three inside and called McClain County sheriff’s deputies to report the break-in.
Hewett said the three were placed in different patrol cars while officers searched for a gun, which Johnson said he had thrown in the bushes. After Johnson ran from the scene, a manhunt was launched that ended successfully when Johnson surfaced Monday night, Hewett said.
Johnson has been charged in McClain County District Court with second-degree burglary, escape from detention and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony.
Geraldine Claunch, 42, of Norman, and Joseph Kirk Gingrich, 51, of Midwest City, were arrested along with Johnson but charges against them are pending.