(AP) – Investigators say an inmate who is a person of interest in the homicide of a Department of Correction employee has escaped. Authorities have released photos of the escapee but have not released a vehicle description that he might be using.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 44-year-old Curtis Ray Watson escaped Wednesday from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary, about 60 miles outside of Memphis.
The TBI has issued a “Blue Alert,” which is used to inform the public of violent suspects who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers in the line of duty.
Watson has been incarcerated since 2012 for an aggravated kidnapping conviction. Police said at the time Watson knocked a woman over the head with an object and raped her multiple times.
TBI says Watson should be considered extremely dangerous. People should contact the TBI if they have information about Watson.