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Escaped Oklahoma inmate arrested in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – An escaped Oklahoma inmate has been arrested in Arizona.

Ronnie Henderson, 32, was tracked down and taken back into police custody at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday in a hallway of a Super 8 in Phoenix.

“We are extremely thankful for the efforts tonight of the Phoenix Police Department, as well as our many other dedicated partners in law enforcement who always assist us when we have an escapee,” said Oklahoma Department of Corrections director Joe M. Allbaugh. “Additionally, our Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents did stellar investigative work to track Mr. Henderson to Phoenix.”

Ronnie Henderson

Henderson was reported missing at about 6 p.m. on Saturday from the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center after not being in his cell during a head count.

Just over 24 hours later, he was reportedly surprised to find law enforcement tracked him.

Henderson is serving a 40-year sentence for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and eluding police.