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MS escapee suspected of robbery in AR spotted in OK

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No one knows where Mississippi prison escapee Johnny Hall is tonight, but it's clear he's trying to get as far away as possible.

Since escaping from custody Friday while attending his father's wake, the convicted burglar has been spotted in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Guards from the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility brought Johnny Hall, Jr., to say goodbye to his father Friday.

He spent about two hours at the Picayune Funeral Home and according to funeral home owner Henrietta Brewer, he was a 'model prisoner.'

But as guards led him outside after the wake, Brewer says Hall was allowed to hug a woman standing near a car.

The two jumped in, locked the doors and drove off.

Witnesses said it happened so fast, about 10 seconds in all. Then, Hall and the woman were gone. The funeral home is just off I-59.

The pair made their way out of Mississippi and ended up in Texarkana, Arkansas, by Saturday night.

Authorities there believe Hall is the man with a gun in some convenience store surveillance photos.

The Exxon Station store clerk told police the robber came into the store with a gun and demanded money, then took off in a small black car.

That car is believed to be a 2007 black Honda Accord with Mississippi vanity plates for Auburn University. It also matches the description of Hall's get away car at the funeral home.

By Tuesday morning, authorities say Hall was spotted north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Blackwell, a town not far from the Kansas border on Interstate 35.

Authorities believe the woman who drove off with Hall is Jenna Rhea. The Mississippi Department of Corrections just released a photo of Rhea.

She's described as white, 5'6" weighing between 190 and 200 pounds.

Rhea has blue eyes and dark hair, but officials say she's a hairdresser and may change her hair color frequently.

Hall was serving 17 years for burglary.

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