Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Manhunt Escapee Captured in Missouri

Travis Davis

The Missouri escapee who was recaptured and then escaped again in Leflore County was captured overnight in Sedalia, Mo. The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Travis Davis, 30, and his female companion, Christole Hurst, 23, have both been captured and are in custody.

Hurst was arrested at an abused women's shelter where she was hiding on Monday afternoon. Davis was captured at approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at a Sedalia residence where he was found sleeping in the garage attic.

Davis originally escaped the Pettis County Jail in Sedalia the night of Sunday, March 10. He was captured Wednesday, March 13, in Heavener on unrelated charges, but escaped from authorities by stealing a Heavener police vehicle, wrecking it and fleeing on foot. Hurst, who at one point told law enforcement officers she had been kidnapped by Davis, was later determined to be a suspect after it was discovered she had reportedly conversed with Davis on the phone numerous times before his escape from Missouri and helped him hide out after his escape.

Overnight Sunday, March 18, Pettis County deputies located a red 2001 Dodge pickup and determined it to have been stolen Friday, March 15, from Heavener, the last reported sighting of Davis.

Both Hurst and Davis face numerous charges in Missouri for Davis's escape last week. Pettis County reports Davis had active or confirmed warrants at the time of his arrest for a parole violation for assault with no bond, escape from custody, failure to appear for kidnapping, failure to appear for resisting arrest and neglect of a child in Benton County.

Leflore County Sheriff Rob Seale reports that when charges in Missouri are complete, the pair will be extradited to Leflore County where they face additional charges from the Heavener police department and the sheriff's office for escape from custody and two counts of vehicle theft. Hurst is facing charges of making a false police report and aiding a fugitive.

“Their arrests culminate from a week-long manhunt in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri to recapture a dangerous fugitive,” Seale said. “I would like to say thank you to all agencies that have worked diligently to get Davis and Hurst back into custody and keep our citizens safe.”

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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