Escaped inmate caught in Altus

Escaped inmate caught in Altus

ALTUS, OK (KSWO) –An escaped inmate from Mississippi was caught in Altus Thursday evening.

Altus police were called to Walmart on a shoplifter shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. Walmart personnel confronted 46-year-old Edison Milton Watson Jr. after he tried to steal a TV. Altus police took Watson to the Jackson County Jail and he gave them a fake name during booking.

Police later identified Watson as an escaped inmate from Amite County Jail in Mississippi on Feb. 9.

Watson was originally arrested on a warrant for violating his probation and was waiting to be taken to the Mississippi Department of Corrections when he escaped.

He is being held at the Jackson County Jail on complaints of grand larceny and false impersonation. Watson will also face an extradition hearing on the escape charge.

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