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Search continues for escapee near Goldsby Airport

Multiple agencies continued a manhunt Thursday near the Goldsby Airport in McClain County for an Oklahoma City man who police say escaped from custody following a burglary.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: July 17, 2014 at 9:18 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014
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A Norman police officer puts on his tactical gear as he joins a manhunt Thursday near Goldsby in McClain County. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
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A Norman police officer puts on his tactical gear as he joins a manhunt Thursday near Goldsby in McClain County. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN STEVE SISNEY -

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.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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