He was arrested at a trailer home after approximately half-dozen Fannin County deputies and three local lawmen surrounded the home and ordered him to come out, said Bryan County Sheriff's Investigator John Bates.
Bates, Sheriff's Sgt. Butch Boucher and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Johnny Christian, who is also a member of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, went to Fannin County after an informant notified authorities there.
According to Bates, Kramer hid underneath the trailer home when officers arrived, but surrendered after tear gas was fired under the home.
“He just came out crying and cursing,” Bates said.
Authorities had been distributing flyers showing Kramer's picture locally and in Texas. Bates credited the flyers and media reports with helping lead to the arrest.
Kramer was taken to the Fannin County Jail, pending extradition to Bryan County. Another person was arrested at the home for harboring a fugitive, according to authorities.
According to the Bryan County Sheriff's Office, Kramer and Brian Keith Turner, 38, left the auxiliary jail on Dec. 22 after they walked through approximately six unsecured doors.
Turner was captured later that evening in Kingston. Locally, authorities had not received many credible tips on Kramer's whereabouts, but Bates said 8-10 people, including relatives of Kramer, were arrested during the investigation for outstanding warrants and other violations.
It is not known where else Kramer has stayed. He declined an interview after his arrest, and Bates said he believes that Kramer has stayed at other places.
Turner told investigators after his arrest that Kramer was picked up at Crescent Creek Apartments, according to the sheriff's office.
At the time of his escape, Kramer was a state Department of Corrections inmate awaiting transfer to the penitentiary to serve a 15-year sentence for burglary. Local authorities hope to have him immediately transferred to DOC.
Since February 2006, nine inmates have escaped from either the main jail or the auxiliary jail, plus one escaped after being taken to a dialysis clinic. One inmate, Justin Ross Reynolds, has the honor of having escaped from both of the county's jails. He first broke out of the main jail in February, and authorities said he escaped again in May from the auxiliary jail.
During the last three escapes from the auxiliary jail, the inmates simply walked out, according to investigators. Several jailers have been fired but none charged because authorities have been unable to prove if any of the prisoners were intentionally let out. Investigations into the escapes are continuing.
The problems at the jails have prompted investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The jails have been operated by a county Jail Trust Authority since July 2004. The auxiliary jail has been called a “security nightmare,” and the board hopes to close it if prisoner populations can be reduced.