In the last couple of days, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) had been alerting people of an “extremely dangerous” inmate who escaped from a Tennessee prison. This Sunday, Aug. 11, authorities claimed that he had been apprehended.
The escape occurred on Wednesday as Homicide suspect Curtis Watson, 44, fled from a work detail at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee. He was captured at around 11 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.
A surveillance video poste by TBI on Twitter showed Watson about 10 miles away from the prison just hours before he was captured.
NEW VIDEO: A home security camera captured this video of Curtis Watson this morning in the 500 block of Graves Ave. in Henning. pic.twitter.com/KPkg8UwKwy
— TBI (@TBInvestigation) August 11, 2019
The suspect was initially accused of murdering 64-year-old Debra Johnson, the West Tennessee administrator for the department of corrections, who was found dead in her home Wednesday morning with a cord wrapped around her neck.
Johnson died from strangulation and had been sexually assaulted during the attack, according to court documents.
Watson was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, and aggravated sexual battery. He was sent to prison for 38 years.
Watson was serving a sentence for especially aggravated kidnapping, which he was convicted of in 2013, according to the TBI. His prior conviction for child abuse expired in 2011, authorities said.
A reward of $52,000 had been offered for information leading to Watson’s capture.