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Pettis County escapee arrested

A man accused of escaping the Pettis County Jail is in custody Tuesday morning.

The Pettis County Sheriff’s Department said Travis Davis was arrested early Tuesday in Sedalia by the Sedalia Police Department after an overnight search in Cooper County. Police got word that from a local resident that Davis was on their property.

“We received a tip that Travis Davis was in their garage,” said Chief of Police Matthew Wirt. “Officers responded to it immediately and were able to surround the garage, make entry into it and take him into custody.”

Davis was reported missing from the Pettis County jail March 10. He had been jailed there on kidnapping and child endangerment charges in connection with an incident in which he allegedly barricaded himself inside a residence and threatened to kill a woman and baby.

Davis was arrested last week in Heavener, Oklahoma, but stole a police cruiser and escaped, authorities there said.

Davis is charged in Pettis County with escaping confinement. Davis’ bond was set at $100,000 cash-only.

Davis was captured at about 4 a.m. Tuesday at a residence where he had asked to sleep in the garage, the sheriff’s office said.

The LeFlore County, Oklahoma, sheriff’s office earlier in the day had said an alleged accomplice, Christole Hurst, had also been arrested. The department later said she had not yet been apprehended.

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