GOLDSBY — McClain County deputies continued Friday to search for a man who escaped after being arrested at the scene of a burglary near Goldsby.
Officials are looking for Curtis Lee Johnson, 31, of Oklahoma City, who is considered to be dangerous and possibly armed.
Sheriff Don Hewett said a manhunt was launched Thursday after Johnson managed to get out of a patrol car in which he had been placed while law officers searched for a gun they think was thrown into a grassy area beside Burr Oak Road, where he was arrested.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Norman Police Department and District 21 Tactical Team, joined in the search Thursday.
Friday evening, Hewett said Johnson may be out of the area, and only McClain County officials remained searching in the immediate area around Burr Oak Road near the Goldsby airport. However, an all-points bulletin is in effect for Johnson’s arrest.
Deputies Friday sought an arrest warrant for Johnson so his name could be entered into a national database, so any law enforcement officer he comes into contact with would know he was wanted, Hewett said.
Johnson is a convicted felon who recently was released from prison. He and two other people were arrested Thursday after a business owner caught them carrying computers out of a warehouse on Burr Oak Road. The business owner locked them inside the building until deputies arrived.
Johnson was placed under arrest along with Geraldine Claunch, 42, of Norman, and Joseph Kirk Gingrich, 51, of Midwest City.
Johnson escaped while deputies were searching for a 9 mm weapon they believed one of them threw into the bushes before being taken into custody.
No weapon has been found, Hewett said.
Johnson was last seen wearing cutoff blue jeans, a light gray or green T-shirt and handcuffs. He is described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the McClain County sheriff’s office at 527-2141 or any local law enforcement agency.