Man Watched Buffington Until Authorities Arrived Speaks

LOGAN COUNTY, AR – “(I) Went down there and he stood up, looked at me and he said, ‘You know who I am?’ I said,  ‘Yeah, I think so.’ “

John Obar had just got the call Thursday morning that escaped inmate Timothy Buffington was at the house next door–west of Boonville in Logan County.

“Come back in the house and got the Ranger key and my pistol and went down there,” said Obar.

The homeowner called 911 and a trooper was on his way. In the meantime, John just sat with Buffington, a convicted murderer that escaped with a shotgun.

Obar said, “He was very calm, very collected I mean he looked (inaudible), I mean it looked like he needed a good meal because Courtney, the girl there, gave him a glass of Gatorade. He said, ‘I don’t think I’ll get another one before too long.’ “

A noticeably skinnier Buffington left in the custody of the Department of Correction. The only things he said while leaving was he loved his daughter, that he lived off squirrels in the wilderness and that he gave up on his three month run.

Which is good news for those that have found themselves in the center of the search area for the last 90 days.

“Well I praise God because they have been in my neighborhood looking for him for days. I even got pulled over and my own front yard,” said Tammy Fleming who lives near the area that was being searched. 

Authorites took Buffington to Varner Super Max Prison. 

Since 1996, 82 inmates have escaped from ADC custody. The agency has a 98 percent recapture rate during that period. 

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