FORT SUPPLY — Woodward County Sheriff Gary Stanley has noticed an increase in prison escapes in his jurisdiction, and he is worried about the danger it may pose for residents.
Since January, Stanley and his deputies have been called out to search for several escapees from William S. Key Correctional Center.
He has noticed more escapes from the minimum-security facility recently and thinks it might be because of staffing problems and overcrowding at other state facilities.
“I know the Department of Corrections has their hands full with the amount of people they put in prison,” Stanley said. “I know it's a problem for them finding where to put these people, but I'm worried about the citizens in Woodward County.
“It seems like it's happening real often.”
The latest inmate to escape is Aaron Morgan, 21, who was serving time for second-degree burglary in Hughes County.
Morgan was reported missing Thursday and was captured Friday in Canadian County. He is the third inmate to escape from the prison in less than a week.
Inmates Damario Love, 26, and Anthony Brinsfield, 31, were discovered missing about 7:30 a.m. June 10.
Love was serving a sentence for second-degree robbery in Tulsa County.
Brinsfield most recently was convicted of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute in Pottawatomie County, according to Corrections Department records.
Stanley said deputies were called out to look for the two near the prison. They found inmate clothing spread out in the middle of a road and suspected the two might have fled in a vehicle.
He alerted law enforcement agencies statewide and received calls from residents about possible sightings.
Love and Brinsfield crossed the state line into Texas and were captured Tuesday night at a motel in Del Rio near the border of Mexico.