“Bibb County Detention Center Escape: Four Inmates on the Run, Including Murder Suspect Joey Fournier”

By | October 17, 2023

Four inmates escaped from the Bibb County Detention Center in Georgia. The inmates, including one held for murder and another for drug trafficking, escaped through a damaged window and fled in a blue Dodge Challenger. Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating them.

MACON, Ga. (Atlanta News First/Gray News) – The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating four inmates who escaped from the Bibb County Detention Center in Georgia. The daring escape occurred in the early hours of Monday when the inmates took advantage of a damaged dayroom window and a fence, making their way to a waiting blue Dodge Challenger that whisked them away.

The inmates who managed to flee have been identified as Joey Fournier, 52, who was being held for murder. Fournier is described as a white man with gray hair, blue eyes, standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. The second escapee is Marc Kerry Anderson, 24, who was held for aggravated assault. Anderson is a Black man with dreadlocks, measuring 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, 37, was being detained for the U.S. Marshals and is described as a Black man with braids, standing at 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. Lastly, Chavis Demaryo Stokes, 29, was being held for drug trafficking and possession of a firearm. Stokes is a Black man with black hair, standing at 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

Authorities are intensifying their efforts to locate the escapees, with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, FBI, and United States Marshals Office all involved in the search. The sheriff’s office has urged anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the inmates or the blue Dodge Challenger to contact them at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 877-682-7463.

The incident has sent shockwaves through the community, highlighting the need for enhanced security measures at the detention center. The brazen escape has raised concerns about the effectiveness of the facility’s infrastructure and protocols. The damaged dayroom window and the cut fence have exposed vulnerabilities that need immediate attention.

As the search intensifies, residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or sightings that may aid law enforcement in locating the fugitives. The swift apprehension of the escaped inmates will not only ensure the safety of the community but also restore faith in the criminal justice system’s ability to secure and detain individuals awaiting trial..

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