Oklahoma prison escapee captured in Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Officials say a Oklahoma prison escapee was captured by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in the 2400 block of North Piatt in Wichita.

Charles Dean Brown, 32, escaped from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester, Oklahoma Thursday morning.

Brown was serving time for possession of a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Information was gathered by authorities in Oklahoma placing him in the Wichita area. The Wichita Fugitive Task Force was able to track down information about Brown’s family members and located a similar vehicle used during the escape.

Authorities say Brown and his girlfriend traveled to Wichita and were staying with family in the 2400 block of North Piatt to avoid authorities in Oklahoma.  Brown was observed in the home by law enforcement, but tried to escape by breaking a window.  After a brief confrontation with deputies, Brown was arrested along with his girlfriend, Jamie Hawkins, for aiding the escape and harboring a fugitive.

Both Brown and Hawkins were booked into the Sedgwick County Jail awaiting extradition to Oklahoma to face new charges.


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