UPDATE: Escaped Inmate has been caught
UPDATE: Thursday, 5:00 p.m.
Robert Turk has been caught.
Deputies found him in a remote area about 5 miles northeast of Walters.
He was taken into custody without incident around 4:30 p.m.
He is now back in the jail.
Turk is now facing new charges of escaping from the jail in addition to his previous charges.
UPDATE 6:10 p.m. – WALTERS, Okla. – A manhunt continues Monday evening for an inmate who has escaped from the Cotton County Detention Center for a third time.
45-year-old Robert Lee Turk was being held at the jail on two felony counts, including shooting with intent to kill, but managed to escape just before midnight Sunday, reportedly by opening the lock on his cell and breaking a door.
However, Sheriff Kent Simpson was not revealing details of the breakout.
“Accidents happen,” he said. “There might be some human error, mechanical error. That’s what the investigation is for,” Sheriff Simpson says.
Prior to Sunday night, Turk had escaped from the jail in 2008, as well as this past June while he was being booked for allegedly shooting two people in a “domestic situation.”
NewsChannel 4 spoke to Turk’s mother, Linda, at her Walters home.
“I don’t know what to say,” she said. “I’m just shocked about the whole thing.”
Linda said her fugitive son has not contacted her and is not someone the public needs to fear.
“No. He’s not a threat,” she said. “He doesn’t have a weapon or anything. He’s just on the run.”
If her son showed up at her house?
“I’d call the sheriff.”
Area schools were in lockdown Monday, however parents were able to pick up their kids at the usual time.
Sheriff Simpson said ten agencies were helping his department search Cotton County’s 700 square miles for Turk.
Deputies said Turk is about 6 feet tall and almost 200 pounds.
He was last seen wearing red shorts, a white shirt, no shoes with a white rag or hat on his head.
Authorities said if you see him, do not approach him.
They ask you to call 911 immediately.
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