Tulsa Police Capture Escaped Suspect Hiding In Neighborhood


Monday, April 17th 2017, 7:37 pm
By: Amy Slanchik


A traffic stop ends with a suspect bolting from Tulsa police officers with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Michael Payne ran from police and sheriff's deputies three times before he finally came out of hiding.

Running through a 51st and Lewis neighborhood is pretty normal, unless, it's someone in handcuffs.

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Around 7:30 a.m. Easter morning, neighbors started calling the police to describe what they saw. 

"Thought it was quite unusual for someone to be running with handcuffs," said Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley.

As Tulsa Police searched the neighborhood, they learned Payne had crossed I-44, heading southwest. 

"He was really motivated not to be captured," Ashley said. 

Officers kept searching and got a few more tips from people nearby on where Payne went next.

Payne wound up in another neighborhood.

Police said they found Payne hiding in this person's backyard, but he refused to listen to officers, hopped the fence while he was still handcuffed and tried hiding back here. 

"I do have a lot of shrubbery and bushes in my backyard and they don't," said Bernard Elias, Tulsa Resident. 

It all ended in Elias' backyard.

Officers say when they used pepper balls, Payne came out of hiding and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office took him into custody. 

"It was a crazy Easter morning, but a good morning - they caught a guy that needed to be caught," Ashley said. 

Ashley said it's not unheard of for people to run off after being put in handcuffs.

"I've seen it. I've had an individual handcuffed in my car and next thing I know, she was out and running," Ashley said. 

Ashley said without help from watchful neighbors, he could have gotten away. 

Payne faces complaints of escaping and resisting arrest, along with several felony warrants.