Authorities announced on Saturday the capture of the last remaining inmate out of the four men who had escaped from a Georgia jail and remained on the run for a month.
Joey Fournier, 52, was apprehended near Stockbridge, Georgia, shortly before noon on Saturday, as reported by Bibb County Sheriff David Davis in an official statement.
Fournier had been incarcerated at the Bibb County jail, facing a murder charge related to the 2022 death of his ex-girlfriend, when he and his fellow inmates executed their escape.
“We are grateful that this last escapee has been captured,” stated Bibb County Sheriff David Davis.
On October 16, Fournier, along with 24-year-old Marc Kerry Anderson, 37-year-old Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, and 29-year-old Chavis Demaryo Stokes, made their escape by climbing out of a damaged window in a day room and subsequently fleeing through a cut fence.
Video footage revealed a blue Dodge Challenger parked just outside the jail at 3 a.m. local time. The Dodge was found abandoned in Macon, a city located approximately 80 miles southeast of Atlanta, on the following day.
Stokes, arrested for possession of a firearm and drug trafficking, was recaptured on October 26; Anderson, who faced charges of aggravated assault, was caught on November 3, and Barnwell, incarcerated on federal narcotics charges, was apprehended on November 12. Barnwell, along with an alleged female accomplice, now faces federal charges.
Fournier is expected to be returned to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center later today, according to the sheriff’s statement.