A fugitive who escaped from jail over the weekend evaded cops a second time when he slipped into the front seat of a squad car and drove off, police said.
Police arrested Travis Lee Davis, 30, on Wednesday after he allegedly tried to kidnap a woman at gunpoint in Heavener, Oklahoma, about 350 miles from where he escaped days earlier, ABC reported. The victim called police from a convenience store parking lot while Davis napped in a car, authorities said.
Davis awoke and ran off when cops arrived, but they managed to capture him. At the time, police were unaware of his fugitive status.
Police cuffed Davis, who ran from a Pettis County, Missouri, jail on Saturday night, and put him in the back of their squad car. But as the officers interviewed the alleged kidnap victim, Davis reportedly got out of the cuffs and weaseled his way into the front seat of the cop car.
The car was running, but one of the officers had the key, police said. It’s not clear how he managed to break free from the handcuffs, ABC affiliate 4029TV reported.
Davis somehow managed to drive for a mile and a half before crashing into a tree in Howe, off Old Highway 59.
Police say Davis might have gotten on a train approaching the area and they’re asking locals to keep an eye out for the “dangerous” fugitive.
“People in the area should keep their doors locked and be watchful for strangers,” the Heavener Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.
He is described as a 6-foot-tall white male weighing roughly 150 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, and a triangular tattoo resembling the Eye of Providence on his neck. Police are asking drivers in the area not to pick up hitchhikers, and report any information about Davis’ whereabouts to local authorities immediately.
Prior to his escape on Saturday, Davis was being held on $10,000 bond for charges that included kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, domestic assault, resisting arrest and a parole violation, according to court documents obtained by ABC.
Police believe Davis escaped from the jail by climbing into the ceiling and making his way into a maintenance access closet leading to an exit, and he fled on foot, the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
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