Ottawa Co escapee, Jerry Nichols, in custody, captured one week after jailbreak

Joplin News First

Man found him hiding in his barn, assisting agency picked him up as he was on foot on a county road.

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. — It was one week almost to the hour of his escape from the Ottawa County jail that Jerry Nichols, 38, was taken back into custody without incident.

Reports are still coming in however information received by Joplin News First is that a man found Nichols sleeping in his barn. Nichols left on foot and was taken into custody on a county road by an assisting agency to Ottawa County.

“Jerry Nichols is back in the detention center at this time! Thanks to a citizen who observed Jerry Nichols this morning and notified law enforcement. Jerry took off on foot and was caught and arrested by Deputy Will Leonard near Buffalo Ranch in Afton. Super proud of the deputies response and OHP, Fairland PD, and Wyandotte Nation Tribal PD for their Assistance. This is one of the reasons I use social media to our advantage with today’s law enforcement issues. In my opinion, it the fastest way to get information sent out fast to the community.”


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