Police officers catch Johnifer Barnwell, who escaped from Georgia prison

Bibb County escaped inmates

Johnifer Barnwell, left and top right, was captured in August in Georgia on Sunday, November 12, 2023. Barnwell (top right of the quartet), Joey Fournier (top left), Chavis Stokes (bottom left) and Marc Anderson (bottom right) escaped from the Bibb County Jail in Macon, Georgia on October 16. All but Fournier were captured. Anyone with information should call the FBI hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) and the USMS at 1-877-WANTED2. Tips can also be submitted online at Tips.fbi.gov or through the USMS Tips app.

Officials in Georgia have now arrested three of the four inmates who escaped from the Bibb County Jail, but the one of the quartet facing the most serious charges – murder – remains at large.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in Macon said his gang unit was arrested along with the FBI SWAT team Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, shortly after 8 a.m., at a home in Augusta, more than 120 miles northeast of where they fled. Officers said they seized “large quantities of drugs in the drug trade” at the home where Barnwell, 37, lived. His original charge was related to a federal drug trafficking case.

Joey Fournier, 52, has yet to be captured. Accordingly CBS affiliate WMAZ, Fournier is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Cynthia Berry in February 2022, who had moved into a house to escape Fournier. Around 3 a.m. on October 16, Fournier and Barnwell, along with Chavis Demaryo Stokes, 29, and Marc Kerry Anderson, 25-year-old allegedly escaped from the prison through a damaged lounge window, cut through a fence and in a blue Dodge, according to authorities Challenger, which had driven up to drive away the refugees. Deputies describe Fournier as white, with blue eyes and gray hair. He weighs 140 pounds and is 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a tattoo that reads “I one.”

Ten days after the escape, the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force captured Stokes at a home in Montezuma, about 50 miles southwest of the prison. Then on November 3, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol SWAT and U.S. Marshals took Anderson into custody in Atlanta. Stokes was originally charged with weapons possession and drug trafficking, while Anderson is charged with aggravated assault. Further charges against the escaped inmates are pending.

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ollydawes@nytimas.com.

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