Law enforcement searching for Pushmataha County escaped inmate

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HUGO, Okla. (KXII) -- U.S. Marshals have joined manhunt for a Pushmataha Jail escapee that's underway in Hugo.

The sheriff's office says they picked the search back up this morning for the man they say is dangerous and could be armed.

Sheriff BJ Hedgecock says the suspect, Ricky White is holed up in a five acre wooded lot on the east side of the Rosewood apartment complex in south Hugo.

The Pushmataha county sheriff's office, Choctaw county sheriff's office, Tribal officers, OHP and OSBI are all on the scene, as well as the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

A private citizen lent the sheriff's office tracking dogs but they were unable to pick up a scent in the woods.

Hedgecock says White was in jail charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer but also has warrants outs of Texas and at least one other county in Oklahoma.

Yesterday morning he was mistakenly picked up for a work crew by a county commissioner.

They say he stole a county dump truck, wrecked and totaled it, then stole someone's parked truck and wrecked that.

Police say White then knocked on someone's door and asked them for a ride and they took him to Hugo.

They say his grandmother lives in the Rosewood apartment complex.

Two witnesses reported seeing him run into the woods.

Hugo police have secured the perimeter of the woods since that was reported.

Ricky White is considered dangerous and if you see him, you are asked not to approach him and to call 911 immediately.