Bryan County Escapee Captured

Law enforcement officials captured an escaped inmate Tuesday night. William Newell stole an FBI vehicle after fighting with an agent and a Bryan County Sheriff's deputy that afternoon.

FBI spokesman Gary Johnson says 38-year-old William A Newell
was apprehended in Coal County a few hours after he took the 2003
Ford Explorer and the shotgun inside it.

Coal County Sheriff's deputies cornered Newell behind a church
in the rural community of Clarita. Coal County authorities say Newell was taken into custody without incident at about 6:40 Tuesday evening.

Newell took the vehicle at about 3:30 in the afternoon after the
scuffle. Officers were alerted to Newell's escape from the Bryan County Jail when a citizen told them a man was walking down a Durant
street wearing an orange jail jumpsuit.

Newell had been held at the jail for auto theft. Johnson says the gun was still inside the sport utility vehicle.


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