The Taylor's Ring outdoor camera alerted police to Watson's location early Sunday morning

Posted at 3:51 PM, Aug 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 15:04:56-04

HENNING, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Ring outdoor camera provided a credible sighting of escaped inmate Curtis Watson early Sunday morning, just hours before his capture.

"We were awakened about 3:30 this morning by the alarm on our Ring doorbell, saying that someone was in our backyard," Harvey Taylor said during a press conference after Curtis Watson's arrest. "When we pulled it up on the screens to that we could see it in the house, there was this guy in our refrigerator."

"We could see his back, his camouflage clothing he had on," Taylor continued. "But we couldn't see his face at first. Once he closed the left side of the refrigerator door, my wife could see his face and recognized his beard. It's similar to mine. She said 'it's him, it's him.' So, I prepared for if he tried to come inside, and then we called 911."

The TBI were asked during the press conference whether the Taylor's would get the $57,000 reward for Watson's capture. They responded that it was something they would have to discuss.