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Garvin County escapee nabbed after four days of freedom

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Jason Willis escaped from the Garvin County jail. (Garvin County Sheriff's Office) Jason Willis escaped from the Garvin County jail. (Garvin County Sheriff's Office)

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. -- Jason Willis, the convicted felon whose Sunday night escape from the Garvin County jail was documented in a dramatic security camera video, has been arrested.

Willis was traced to a Wynnewood residence in the 1000 block of East Creek Street, about 9 miles south of the jail in Pauls Valley.

"Working on information all week, it led us to this house where a person who lives here is associated with Willis," Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said. "We know that association took place while Willis was in the Garvin County jail.

This was the second time law enforcement had looked for Willis at the Creek Street home.

Rhodes said after surrounding the home, Willis attempted to flee out a back window.

"Officers stationed outside the back of the house prevented his escape," the sheriff said. "He retreated back inside the house, where he came to the front door ... we took him in custody at that point."

Officials don't believe Willis had been at the home for long; Rhodes said he was wet from being out in the rain, and looked like he had been barefoot for days.

"His hygiene, his demeanor, his behaviors certainly corroborated that," the sheriff said. "He's dirty; he's tired."

Homeowner Johnny Green Sr. was arrested and charged with harboring a fugitive. Green told deputies that the escapee showed up at his door at 6:30 a.m.

"His involvement with Willis will continue to be investigated over the weekend," Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said. "We have probable cause to believe that he ... aided Willis in providing him with a place."

Green, 66, claimed he didn't know Willis was a fugitive when he let him into his home, but deputies aren't buying that explanation. Green was freed on bond.

Willis, 32, was seen on video punching a detention officer before fleeing through an open door of the jail. The officer was not seriously injured.

Willis, who had been jailed on a gun charge, will now face additional charges linked to his escape.

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