MUSKOGEE — An inmate who escaped from a McClain County jail transport van was captured in Muskogee County, the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office reported.
Skipper Eugene Rowland, 35, was being taken from the Muskogee County jail to the McClain County jail Tuesday when he escaped.
McClain County deputies were taking Rowland from the Muskogee County jail, where he was being held on attempted escape and burglary charges, to McClain County, where he was scheduled to appear in court on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.
But Rowland, of Warner, escaped the McClain County van about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday near U.S. 266 and State Highway 52 east of Dewar, the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office reported.
Rowland managed to get loose from leg restraints and belly chain while in the van and then escaped through a door when the driver stopped at the intersection, Muskogee County Sheriff Bob Frazier said Wednesday. Rowland had twice before tried to escape from custody through a window at the Muskogee County jail, Frazier said. Rowland had already been charged with escape in those cases, he said.
Law enforcement searching for inmate who escaped in Okmulgee County
Law enforcement officers are searching for Skipper E. Rowland, 35, who escaped from an inmate transport transport vehicle at the intersection of Oklahoma 52 and U.S. 266, also known as Wildcat Junction, about 1 p.m between Henryetta and Morris Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday evening the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office received information of a stolen vehicle taken from the area where escaped inmate Skipper Rowland was last seen. The vehicle was taken a few hours after Rowland escaped and is currently believed to be occupied by him.
The vehicle is a Red 1999 Ford F-350 Flatbed with a White Feed Bin on the back. The tag number displayed on the vehicle is Oklahoma 743-JNF.
The public is asked to contact 911 immediately if they see Rowland or the vehicle, but not to approach him. He is considered armed and dangerous.