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WATCH OUT: West Tennessee prison escapee wanted on murder warrant

Posted by on Friday, August 9th, 2019 @ 11:27 am.

Older mugshots of Curtis Ray Watson just released by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

TENNESSEE - A violent felon who is a person of interest in a west Tennessee homicide has escaped from custody and is the subject of an intensive manhunt...and authorities say he could be anywhere by now.

Watson in a still of recent court video

Curtis Ray Watson, 44, escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tenn., on Wednesday of this week, August 7. The Tenneessee Bureau of Investigation is actively seeking him and has enlisted the aid of local law enforcement as well as media over a wide area, warning people of Watson and issuing a "Blue Alert" within the state.

Watson in profile fro a recent court hearing

But the search is spreading outward, so we're doing our part, hoping that you'll do yours, too, by sharing this information across your social networking and other online pages.

Watson's "person of interest" status stems from a homicide of a Tennessee Department of Correction employee, Debra Johnson, 64, whose body was found in her home (on the property of the penitentiary) in the late morning of the 7th. Watson had been on a job working as a farm laborer and escaped on a tractor from that location; he's not been seen since.

Watson's current body configuration; he'd bulked up since being in prison

His convictions are those of violence: Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Child Abuse in Tennessee. Authorities advise that he also has previous charges of domestic abuse against his wife.

Watson's very distinctive tatts

Currently, there are warrants issued against Watson for First Degree Murder, Especially Aggravated Burglary, and Aggravated Sexual Battery. It's unclear as to whether these pertain to the death of Debra Johnson, but they likely are.

Watson is described as a white male, age 44, brown hair/eyes, five-foot-11 and weighing between 180-200 pounds. He is covered in distinctive tattoos and has had facial hair in different lengths on and off, and frequently presents his head shaved bald instead of with dark hair at any length.

There is a reward being offered of $52,500 for his successful capture and conviction.

Watson is considered extremely dangerous, so if you encounter him, don't engage. Instead, call 9-1-1 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 800-TBI-FIND (800-824-3463) to report.


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