Escaped Inmate Travis Lee Davis Captured in Sedalia

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Travis Lee Davis escaped March 9 from Pettis County Jail, authorities say. - MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
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  • Travis Lee Davis escaped March 9 from Pettis County Jail, authorities say.


The squirrel is back in his cage.



Sedalia cops captured Travis Lee Davis, 30, early this morning after he spent nearly ten days crisscrossing rural Missouri and Oklahoma.

Davis, who has a long criminal record and the Eye of Providence tattooed on his throat, had escaped on March 9 from the Pettis County Jail, which is in Sedalia, by climbing into the ceiling and then crawling through the rafter into a maintenance room and then outside. He was briefly taken into custody outside a gas station casino in Heavener, Oklahoma, but managed to steal a police car and escape again, according to law enforcement.



Authorities learned yesterday morning that the runaway inmate had likely returned to the Sedalia area after finding an abandoned pickup in Pettis County that he is believed to have stolen in Oklahoma after crashing the police car.

Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said in a news release that law enforcement conducted an extensive search overnight in nearby Cooper County. The sheriff told KMBC a tipster reported seeing Davis this morning in a garage in East Sedalia. That's where Sedalia cops finally caught him. Davis put "some resistance" before they were able to get him into custody, Bond told the station. Davis has previous convictions for an array of crimes, including resisting arrest, drug possession and poaching wildlife.

The escapee's time on the lam made headlines across the country and led to school lockdowns and worried locals along his route. In Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, a school employee called authorities after mistaking a man walking along the highway for Davis. Responding sheriff's deputies fatally shot the man, 27-year-old Shawn Taylor Watie, alleging he came at them with a knife.

Davis is now back in Pettis County Jail, where he is facing charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and endangering the welfare of child related to a February standoff. After his escape, prosecutors added charges of escape.

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