Several schools in central Georgia were placed on lockdown as authorities launched a search for four inmates who escaped from the Bibb County Jail on Monday. The escapees, identified as Joey Fournier, Chavis Stokes, Marc K. Anderson, and Johnifer Barnwell, went missing for several hours before their absence was noticed. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Department alerted the public at approximately 11:20 a.m. that the inmates had escaped through a damaged window. Fournier, who is facing charges related to the alleged murder of his former girlfriend in 2022, was among the escapees. The other three inmates were being held on charges ranging from aggravated assault to unknown offenses.
After leaving the jail, the four men reportedly cut through a fence and were last seen getting into a blue Dodge Charger at around 3 a.m. on Monday. The Bibb County School District placed all county schools on lockdown as a precautionary measure. Parents were informed that there was no immediate danger but safety precautions were being taken. The Macon Regional Crimestoppers Facebook page shared images of the escapees and offered a reward of up to $2,000 for any information leading to their arrests.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, FBI, and United States Marshals Office, are actively searching for the escaped inmates. Authorities have not provided any information regarding the identity of the driver of the blue Dodge Charger.