Runaway inmate from Missouri escapes in Heavener

Man allegedly steals, wrecks Heavener police car; may have kidnapped woman at gunpoint

Additional information has come forward regarding an escaped Missouri inmate who allegedly kidnapped a woman, was captured by prison guards in Heavener and then escaped law enforcement Wednesday morning when he stole and crashed a Heavener police car.

Travis Lee Davis, 30, of Sedalia, Missouri, was at first captured Wednesday morning by correctional officers from the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center and Heavener police officers at Choctaw Travel Plaza after a woman said she had been kidnapped. The incident began shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was still on the run.

"Officers made contact with the woman, who stated that she had been kidnapped and forced to drive at gunpoint," Heavener Police Chief Ty Armstrong said. "She said when they stopped at the gas station her kidnapper fell asleep and she fled the car to get help." 

Correctional officers went outside and found Davis trying to get over to the driver's side of the vehicle to flee. 

They removed him from the vehicle and one officer said he believes Davis broke his leg during the scuffle but Armstrong said they do not believe Davis' leg was broken. The Heavener Police Department arrived and put Davis in handcuffs and into the back of a Heavener police vehicle.

"Meanwhile while the officers interviewed the alleged victim, Davis had maneuvered his cuffs to the front of his body, forced open the window in the security partition and entered the driver’s seat of the car," Armstrong said. "Officers noticed Davis in the front seat just as he drove away in the police car."

Law officers pursued the stolen unit about two miles, Armstrong said, at a high rate of speed before Davis crashed south of Howe and fled on foot.

Davis was last seen on Old Highway 59 south of Howe. 

Heavener Police Department, LeFlore County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and several other agencies have been actively searching for Davis. 

Armstrong said he believes Davis might have jumped onto a Kansas City Southern freight train in the area but advised the public to still be on the lookout. 

"It is possible that Davis escaped the area by trespassing on a freight train, however people in the area should keep their doors locked and be watchful for strangers," Armstrong said. "Anyone driving in the area should not pick up any hitchhikers and should definitely report them to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Office."

Do not approach Davis. If seen, contact local law enforcement or 911. 

Davis is a prison escapee from Missouri. 

According to the Missouri news outlet Sedalia Democrat, Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said Davis was found missing from his Pettis County Jail cell block Sunday night.

Staff discovered Davis was missing during the jail’s nightly lockdown and headcount at 10:30 p.m. After jail staff recounted inmates, the Sheriff’s Office was notified between 10:45 and 11 p.m.

According to the Sedalia Democrat, Bond said it was later discovered Davis had escaped hours prior to headcount by kicking out cinder blocks from a wall. Doing this gave him access to the facility's maintenance area to lead to his escape.

Davis, of Sedalia, was being held on a $100,000 bond in connection to a hostage situation last month involving a woman and child.

He was charged with kidnapping, first-degree domestic assault, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and resisting arrest. He was charged Monday with escape from confinement and issued a $100,000 cash-only bond.

The Sedalia Democrat reported that the Sedalia Police Department served a felony parole warrant on Davis in February when he locked himself in an apartment bedroom with the woman and toddler, who he then held hostage.

Davis is a 6-foot-0 tall white male weighing 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes and several tattoos, including an eye within a triangle on the front of his neck. 


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