Early Monday morning, four inmates, among them an individual accused of murder, managed to escape from the Bibb County Detention Center in Georgia, leaving local authorities scrambling to locate them.
The inmates successfully broke free from the facility by exploiting a damaged window and breaching a cut fence, according to a statement from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. The daring escape occurred around 3 a.m., with the culprits fleeing the scene in a blue Dodge Challenger that had conveniently pulled up to their location.
The escapees have been identified as follows:
- Joey Fournier, aged 52, who was being held on a murder charge.
- Marc Kerry Anderson, aged 24, facing accusations of aggravated assault.
- Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, aged 37, who was detained by U.S. marshals.
- Chavis Demaryo Stokes, aged 29, accused of possession of a firearm and drug trafficking.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Service, are currently engaged in a widespread search for the escaped inmates.
In response to the situation, the Bibb County School District imposed a “soft lockdown” across its 38 schools. This measure allowed classroom instruction to continue while limiting outdoor activities throughout the day.
During a news conference, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis admitted that the inmates’ whereabouts remain uncertain, and there is no confirmation as to whether they are still together or have separated. He stated, “Somebody that sees this tonight knows where these four people are, and somebody is probably laughing at the TV set saying, ‘They’ll never get us.’ We will catch them. They will come back to jail. It’s just a matter of time.”
Bibb County is situated approximately 85 miles south of Atlanta, with Macon serving as the county seat.
You can also read: Fatal Crash in Southern Germany Results in 7 Deaths
This incident follows a similar high-profile escape last month when convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante made headlines by breaking out of a Pennsylvania prison and remaining at large for nearly two weeks.