Authorities issue manhunt for Oklahoma City man

GOLDSBY, Okla.  - Curtis Lee Johnson of Oklahoma City had just been released from prison.

The 31-year-old was a free man, until Thursday.

McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett says several agencies have blocked off a 2 mile perimeter near the Goldsby Airport to find Johnson, after he escaped from authorities Thursday morning.

They believe he is somewhere along a tree line to the east of I-35 and Burr Oak road. Curtis Johnson

“On both sides of it is open country and we’ve pretty much had that perimeter blocked off,” Hewett said.  “At this time, we feel like he’s still in this tree line.”

The Sheriff says Johnson and two other suspects from Midwest City were caught stealing scrap metal from an abandoned warehouse, belonging to Storm Manufacturing.

The owners confronted them, but the suspects took off.

All three were soon arrested by McClain County deputies, but Johnson managed to get out of a patrol car while handcuffed and escape.

The sheriff says Johnson may have thrown a 9 mm handgun into some bushes before being arrested, and ran to retrieve it after escaping.

“We’re treating this that he’s armed and dangerous,” Hewett said.  “He is a convicted felon.  He just got out of DOC (Department Of Corrections) so we’re going to treat it that way.”

Johnson is described as being 5’11″, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing cutoff blue jeans and a light gray or green t-shirt.

In custody are Geraldine Claunch, 42, of Norman, and Joseph Kirk Gingrich, 51, of Midwest City.