GOLDSBY — Multiple law enforcement agencies continued a manhunt Thursday evening near the Goldsby Airport on Burroak Road in McClain County.
Officers are looking for Curtis Lee Johnson, 31, of Oklahoma City. He is considered dangerous and may be armed.
Johnson was one of three people — two men and a woman — arrested Thursday morning after the burglary of an abandoned business, McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett said.
Johnson managed to escape from a patrol car where he had been placed while officers looked for a handgun they believed he had thrown into the bushes. Hewett said Johnson apparently slipped his handcuffs underneath his feet so that they were in front of his body, allowing him to open the patrol car’s door and escape.
Johnson is described as being 5-foot-11, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing cutoff blue jeans and a light gray or green t-shirt.
Hewett said Johnson is a convicted felon who was recently released from prison.
In custody are Geraldine Claunch, 42, of Norman, and Joseph Kirk Gingrich, 51, Midwest City.
Hewett said the owner of Storm Manufacturing Co. came upon the three people at an abandoned warehouse on Burroak as they were loading computers and other metal onto an 18-foot trailer attached to a van.
The business owner locked the three people inside the building and called the McClain County sheriff’s office, Hewett said.
Deputy Bill Simpson was the first to arrive on the scene, followed by about four other units, the sheriff said.
Johnson was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car while deputies searched for a 9 mm handgun they had been told was thrown into the bushes after the deputies arrived.
“While they were looking for the weapon, Johnson managed to get out of the patrol car and run,” Hewett said.
A 21/2-mile perimeter around Burroak Road had been marked off for the search. Hewett said law enforcement officers were searching fields and going door-to-door.
Officers were still searching for the weapon Thursday evening.
“We don’t know if Johnson knew where he threw it and then retrieved it when he ran, or not. We hope not. We’re hoping we find it,” the sheriff said.
Other agencies that joined the search include the McClain County Tactical Team, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police, Norman Police Department, Dibble Police Department, Newcastle Police Department and the District 21 Task Force.