Atoka County escapees back in custody

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ATOKA COUNTY, Okla.-- A 14-hour manhunt ended around 9 a.m. Wednesday with two escaped inmates back in custody.

The two inmates escaped the Howard McLeod Correctional Center in Atoka County on Tuesday evening.

They were recaptured one mile south of the prison, and officers said they may have tried to swim the river to get away.

Justin Hughes and Joshua Allen left before a head count.

Officials said Hughes, 20, and Allen, 24, are now in a medium security prison in Stringtown, and will likely be charged for the escape. "We are in the process of filing charges in Atoka County," Deputy Warden Terence Bolt said. "We have staff there speaking with the DA."

Hughes is serving a 4-year sentence on various non-violent offenses including drug possession, knowingly concealing stolen property, and escape or arrest from detention, all out of Tulsa County.

Allen is serving a 10 year sentence for drug and stolen credit card possession, as well as escape from custody, all out of Oklahoma County.

Residents in the area said they are thankful the prisoners are back in custody. "They're doing pretty good," Adren Wolfenbarger said. "They have better dogs and are getting after it a little quicker it seems."

Joshua Allen
Justin Hughes

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