Second Bryan Co. escapee captured; one remains at large

Top: Stoney D. Ellis (AT LARGE)
Bottom from left: Billy Don Payne (IN CUSTODY), Roger Lee...
Top: Stoney D. Ellis (AT LARGE) Bottom from left: Billy Don Payne (IN CUSTODY), Roger Lee Mayfield (IN CUSTODY)(Bryan County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 8:51 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 2:11 PM CDT
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Update: Roger Lee Mayfield: In Custody 07/20 Billy Don Payne: In Custody 07/19 Stoney D Ellis: STILL OUTSTANDING

Posted by Bryan County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - The search continues for one of three escaped Bryan county inmates after law enforcement captured Roger Lee Mayfield Tuesday.

Sheriff Johnny Christian said Roger Lee Mayfield, Stoney Ellis, and Billy Don Payne are the inmates who escaped just before 3 a.m. Monday morning.

Christian said Payne turned himself in later Monday morning.

Mayfield was taken into custody Tuesday, Christian said. They followed a lead to a house on West Elm Street where Mayfield was hiding alone.

“Durant Police Department investigators and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office went to this location and knocked on the door and Mr. Mayfield answered the door, gave himself up. An arrest was made without incident,” said Christian.

Ellis remains at large as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Ellis was in custody for attempting to elude and a hold for charges in Texas. Payne and Mayfield were both in custody on drug possession charges.

Payne and Mayfield will face misdemeanor escape charges since they were in custody originally on misdemeanor drug charges. Ellis will face felony escape charges.

Bryan County residents are advised to keep doors closed and locked and call 911 if you see Ellis.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant closed Monday as a precaution.

Christian said the 3 men escaped through an older portion of the jail. They hopped the fence and took off north down an alley across from the jail.

He said this is the first escape since he’s been in office, and that it won’t become a regular problem.

“I can assure you this will not be a reoccurring a thing this is something that has happen and it’s not. When it comes to our jail we have strict policies in place and we got great leadership in place for this so it will not be a reoccurring thing,” said Christian.

Sue Stanfield is the director of Hands of Hope in Durant. She said her employees took precaution Monday morning, but weren’t afraid.

“It wasn’t any anxiety about it or anything. We trust the police in this area so if they were out we figured they were on the job doing what they need to be doing,” said Stanfield.

Stanfield hopes they won’t see as many escapes as they did before Bryan county renovated the jail.

“It used to be an ongoing thing but it hasn’t been since they had the renovations. So we’re hopeful that they’ve got it under control,” said Stanfield.

Bryan County Sheriff’s office said they’re working with multiple agencies to find the remaining fugitive.

Stay with News 12 for developments.

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