Update: Escaped inmates found, arrested

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Updated Dec. 6: Jason Pedro and John Shepherd have been located.

Pedro was found near S.W. 38th St. and Portland Avenue. John Shepherd was found hiding out in a home near N.E. 14th St. and Kelley Avenue.

Both men were released to the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

VINITA, Okla. – Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison in Vinita Monday.

John J. Shepherd Jr., 37, and Jason Pedro, 33, walked away from the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center sometime between 6 and 8 a.m., Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Alex Gerszewski told the Tulsa World.

Prison officials found state-issued clothes on the ground outside the prison.

Shepherd was convicted for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of burglary tools.

John J. Shepherd Jr
John J. Shepherd Jr. – Source: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Pedro was convicted for domestic abuse, knowingly concealing stolen property, uttering a forged instrument, escape from an arrest, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Jason Pedro
Jason Pedro – Source: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Both men are considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information, please call the Office of Inspector General Fugitive Apprehension Unit at (405)425-2570 or toll free (866)363-1119.


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