MACON, GA – Four inmates have escaped from the Bibb County Detention Center in Georgia early Monday morning. The breakout occurred from the facility’s oldest and most dilapidated section through a compromised window. Upon their exit, the escapees reportedly cut a fence and are believed to have made their escape in a blue Dodge Challenger.
Sheriff David Davis of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office detailed that the escape took place via a window in a communal area of the jail’s most worn-out section. The escapees have been identified as Joey Fournier (52), Chavis Stokes (29), Marc K. Anderson (24), and Johnifer Barnwell (37). Their charges span from murder to drug trafficking offenses.
The exact whereabouts of these inmates remain uncertain. While they had no known affiliations outside the detention facility, Sheriff Davis acknowledged the possibility of an association within the jail. Fournier is a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. Stokes, described as a Black male, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. Anderson, another Black male, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. Lastly, Barnwell stands at 5 feet 9 inches, weighing 190 pounds.
At the time of the breakout, the facility, which housed roughly 800 inmates, was under the supervision of less than ten employees. Many sections of this detention center are old and have seen better days. Schools in the vicinity have been alerted about the escape, with emphasis on the fact that the inmates are potentially dangerous.
Authorities, including the FBI and U.S. Marshals Office, are actively participating in the manhunt. The local authorities have set a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the capture of each escapee. Sheriff Davis confidently stated that the escapees would be recaptured, insisting it’s only a matter of time.
Anyone with information on the inmates or the vehicle is urged to get in touch with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office or the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers.