Escaped prisoner caught hiding in attic in Arkansas City

An Oklahoma prison escapee was taken into custody Thursday in Arkansas City.

(KSN file photo)

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – An man who escaped from an Oklahoma prison last December was apprehended following a brief standoff at an Arkansas City residence Thursday.

The Arkansas City Police Department said in a news release 38-year-old Jason Jude Leith was taken into custody shortly before 2 p.m.

Spokesperson Andrew Lawson said a tip to Oklahoma Crime Stoppers reported Leith, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, was staying at a residence in the 1300 block of W. Cypress Ave. in Arkansas City.

Lawson said when police contacted the person who lives at the residence, officers were told Leith was in an upstairs bedroom.

Police said Leith refused to come out and would not talk to a police negotiator.

When Leith crawled into an attic space in the apartment, a Kansas Highway Patrol K-9 officer was deployed and Leith was taken into custody.

Because Leith was considered armed and dangerous, nearby Adams Elementary School was locked down during the incident.

Officers from the Arkansas City Police Department, the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Southern Kansas SWAT assisted in the arrest.

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