CAUGHT: Escaped inmate who may have raped, murdered prison official captured in Tennessee

An escaped Tennessee prison inmate who is a suspect in the rape and murder of a corrections official was captured on Sunday after being seen on surveillance footage.

As WREG TV reports, Curtis Ray Watson was taken into custody on Sunday, hours after he was photographed on a home’s security cameras early Sunday in Henning, about 50 miles north of Memphis.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted a photo and video of the fugitive’s capture, five days into the manhunt.

A resident notified police after viewing the surveillance images, which are reportedly time stamped at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Watson may also have broken into a home on Saturday to steal water and food, the television station reports.

Henning is near the West Tennessee State Penitentiary, where Watson escaped on Wednesday during a work assignment.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Watson was wanted in connection with the death of prison administrator Debra Johnson, whose body was found in her home near the facility the same day.

Authorities reportedly said Watson was seen on a golf cart near the home just hours before Johnson was found deceased. Precisely how she was killed has not yet been released.

Police reportedly believe Watson took a reflective vest from the facility and drove away on a tractor. Corrections staff noticed he was missing around 11 a.m. By 1:30 p.m. Watson’s ID card and the tractor were found about a mile away.

Watson had been imprisoned since 2013, when he was convicted of aggravated kidnapping. The charge stemmed from when he hit a woman on the head with a blunt object and then raped her repeatedly. He had served time previously because of child abuse.

Authorities had offered a $52,500 reward for information leading to Watson’s capture.