Edward Branch, Haskell County escapee, captured nearly a week after breaking out of jail

HASKELL COUNTY, Okla. - An escaped inmate is back in custody after nearly a week on the loose.

Edward Branch, 36, broke out of the Haskell County Jail in Stigler early last Tuesday morning while awaiting transfer to prison for first-degree burglary and aggravated assault.

Law enforcement searched for days near Kerr Lake for Branch, who was considered dangerous but not armed.

Following Branch's escape, his mother, Sara Branch, was arrested for aiding her son.

Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office and Sallisaw Police captured Branch around 5 a.m Monday after receiving a tip that Branch was in the woods near Interstate 40. 

Sheriff's deputies say Branch told them he had been living off acorns and turtles for the last six days and was tired of running. 

This was the third time Branch escaped from an Oklahoma institution.  According to the Department of Corrections , Branch has an extensive criminal history.

 

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