Third Escaped Bibb County Inmate Captured in Augusta

November 12, 2023
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🚔 The Gist: In a coordinated law enforcement effort, the FBI and local sheriff’s offices have captured Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, an inmate who escaped from Bibb County Jail last month. His arrest in Augusta, led to the discovery of a significant quantity of drugs.

📈 The Details:

  • Apprehension: This morning in Augusta, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell’s run from justice ended. Barnwell, who had been at large since his escape, was found in a residence on Alpine Drive.
  • Discovery: Authorities, during the arrest, seized large amounts of drugs, which are suspected to be intended for trafficking.

📊 By The Numbers:

  • 1 month at large: Barnwell had been on the run for nearly a month following his escape.
  • 2-hour distance: The location of his capture in Augusta is approximately a two-hour drive from the jail in Macon.

📍 In Context:

  • Escape Details: Police say Barnwell, along with three other inmates, escaped through a damaged window and over a fence, later fleeing in a waiting vehicle, a blue Dodge Challenger.
  • Other Inmates: Of the four escapees, only Joey Fournier remains at large. The two other inmates were captured in Atlanta.

Why It Matters: This arrest not only takes a wanted fugitive off the streets but also disrupts a potential drug trafficking operation. It underscores the relentless pursuit of escapees by law enforcement and the seriousness of collaborative efforts to ensure public safety.

What’s Next? The search continues for Joey Fournier, with law enforcement urging anyone with information to come forward. As the investigation progresses, further details on the drug seizure and any additional charges for Barnwell are anticipated.

⚠️ Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports and law enforcement statements. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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