Tue Jan 23, 3:16 PM ET

Two escaped inmates, including a convicted killer, were suspected of briefly abducting a woman and stealing cars in a crime spree in Oklahoma, authorities said Tuesday.

The inmates escaped Monday from the medium-security Great Plains Correctional Center in Hinton by cutting through a recreation yard fence, said Jerry Massie, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Authorities believe Charles McDaniels, 35, and Tony Ellison, 23, broke into a Hinton residence, abducted a female resident and drove her and her vehicle into Oklahoma City, where they broke into another home, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Keith Vance said.

"They took the first victim into the house, left her there along with the second victim, but stole her (the second woman's) car," he said.

Massie said one of the men punched the Oklahoma City woman, but the other woman apparently was unharmed.

McDaniels was serving life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder for the 1988 robbery-killing of a cab driver in Tulsa. McDaniels was 17 when he committed the crime, which only netted him and another teen $30, police records show.

According to testimony, the other teenager told authorities McDaniels said he shot the cabbie because he "wanted to see what it was like to kill somebody."

Ellison is serving 15 years for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a consecutive five-year term for escaping from jail in 2005, records show.

Hinton is 50 miles west of Oklahoma City.

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