The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

July 18, 2013

Two charged after allegedly trying to escape penitentiary

NORMAN — A failed attempt to climb over a perimeter fence at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington led to felony charges Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court.

Brandon Wayne Brown, 38, of Lexington, and Jonathan Andrew McCubbin, 31, of Warr Acres, were charged with attempting to escape from a penitentiary together.

The case has been under investigation for about eight months; the incident occurred Oct. 25. Around 2:15 that morning, Sgt. Jeremy Penner and Cpl. Josh Kimbrell saw the two approach the perimeter fence with a makeshift ladder, according to the affidavit filed with charges.

As the officers moved toward the two men, Brown put the ladder on the fence and began to climb as McCubbin stood at the bottom. When the ladder broke, Brown fell to the ground. McCubbin then ran to another area of the fence and began to climb but got tangled in the razor wire, the affidavit said.

Perimeter officer Cpl. Robert Jones and Penner then ordered McCubbin off the fence and he ultimately surrendered, the document states. Both Brown and McCubbin were placed in custody and escorted to a secure area of the facility.

“Brown later confessed he ‘rigged’ the cell door, began monitoring the perimeter officers’ movements and threw the ladder out the window,” the affidavit said. “He further admitted he proceeded out of the cell land unit doors, climbed over the wall leading to the garden and carried the ladder toward the fence.”

Brown had also written a note that was found at his classroom workstation which read, in part, “Bye Dizzy Nate Ms. Bunyard. Thanks for everything. You guys are awesome! I should not be here. I got to go,” the document states.

Brown and McCubbin have both been previously convicted of, or pled guilty to, several counts of child sexual abuse.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Crime/Courts
  • Junior Police Graduation First Junior Police Academy graduates

    The room went dark and a slideshow flipped through photos of children participating in the first Junior Police Academy as kids chattered excitedly, remembering what they had done over the past two weeks. Norman Police Department hosted ...

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Wednesday: · 5:58 a.m. indecent exposure, 100 block of West Comanche Street · 6:08 a.m. burglary in progress, 100 block of West Hayes Street · 8:09 a.m. larceny report, 100 ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Angela Beth Mendinghall, 36, unauthorized use of a vehicle; driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked license · Daniel ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Crime news

    Norman man charged for possession of child porn A Norman man was charged with possession of juvenile pornography after law enforcement tracked an IP address that child porn had been downloaded from....

    July 25, 2014

  • Shop couple charged again

    A Norman couple whose felony charges were dropped last year for intent to distribute synthetic marijuana out of their aromatherapy shop were charged again Thursday in Cleveland County District Court. Dennis Kirby England, 42, and Christie ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following persons were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Kenneth Leo Turk, 64, aggravated count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol · Kelly Revonn Turner, 21, ...

    July 24, 2014

  • First Junior Police Academy class graduates

    The Norman Police Department will host a graduation ceremony for its first Norman Junior Police Academy class today....

    July 24, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Tuesday: · 2:36 a.m. assault report, 700 block of Stinson Street · 7:32 a.m. larceny report, 5400 block of Huettner Drive · 8:30 a.m. larceny report, 800 block of North ...

    July 24, 2014