PARIS TN: Dangerous fugitive has local ties

Curtis Ray Watson appears here in an undated booking photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for any information regarding a Paris man who escaped earlier today (Wednesday) from West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning.

Curtis Ray Watson, 44, escaped and is a person of interest in today’s homicide of a Tennessee Department of Corrections employee.

A release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Watson should be considered extremely dangerous.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said Watson has local ties to Henry County and has spent time in the Henry County Jail. 

“We are urging everyone to use extreme caution and have a heightened awareness of your surroundings,” Belew said. “If you see this suspect or anything suspicious please call 911 immediately.”

The TBI also posted photographs of Watson’s tattoos on social media to help identify him.

Watson has tattoos of a skull wearing a helmet on his abdomen, a small dragon on his calf, a skull wearing a Confederate flag as a bandana on his arm, a devil holding a skull, a large dragon on his upper left arm, a forearm half sleeve of skulls and flowers, an upper arm half sleeve of skulls and fire, and a tiger with claws on his abdomen.

Watson was sentenced to 15 years in Henry County Circuit Court after pleading guilty in 2013 to charges of an especially aggravated kidnapping.

This charge was in reference to an incident in July 2012 where he held a woman against her will in his residence. He also hit her with an aluminum baseball bat.

Anyone with information concerning Watson is advised to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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