Four inmates, including suspected murderer Joey Fournier, escape from Bibb County Jail in Georgia

Mugshot of Joey Fournier
Escaped Joey Fournier is accused of killing former girlfriend Cynthia Berry. Pic credit: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

The police in Bibb County, Georgia, are on the hunt for four inmates who escaped from a detention center in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the four fugitives escaped from a damaged window in a day room on the second floor.

The inmates then cut their way through a perimeter fence and are suspected of fleeing the area in a waiting vehicle.

The breakout happened at about 3:00 a.m. when the sheriff said ten people were working in the jail. Sheriff David Davis said the prisoners escaped from a part of the jail that is in a bad state of disrepair.

The cops have released a picture of a blue Dodge Charger that pulled up to the fence around the same time the men escaped.

The prison staff did not learn of the escape until three hours later, at 6 a.m., when the hole in the perimeter fence was discovered.

Escaped Bibb County prisoner Joey Fournier wanted for murder of Cynthia Berry

The four inmates include murderer 52-year-old Joey Fournier, who is charged with killing former girlfriend Cynthia Berry. He is described as a white male with gray hair and blue eyes, weighs about 140 lbs, and is 5″9 inches tall.

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Fournier was arrested in February 2022 and is accused of strangling Berry to death at her new home. He was tracked down to a hunting spot by his cellphone.

The police say Fournier had planned to commit suicide before his arrest and has since spent time on suicide watch in the jail.

From left to right, mugshots of Marc Anderson and Chavis Stokes.
From left to right, mugshots of Marc Anderson and Chavis Stokes. Pic credit: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

Another inmate is 24-year-old Marc Kerry Anderson, described as a black male with dreads, 5″9 inches tall, and weighs 165 lbs. He is accused of aggravated assault.

The third escapee is 29-year-old Chavis Demaryo Stokes, a black male with black hair, 5″7 inches tall, and weighs about 160 lbs. Stokes is wanted for firearm possession and drug trafficking.

Finally, the fourth man is 37-year-old Johnifer Dernard Barnwell. He was being held in Bibb County on federal charges at the request of US Marshals, investigating his involvement in fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine distribution.

Mugshot of Johnifer Barnwell
Johnifer Barnwell was being held on federal charges of drug distribution. Pic credit: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

Bibb County cops hoping to bring escapees back to Georgia jail quickly

The authorities will be hoping to bring this breakout to a swift end. The wide nature and seriousness of the crimes the four men are accused of means multiple agencies were immediately involved. The FBI and the US Marshalls are working closely with the Bibb County officers.

Sheriff Davis stressed to the Macon Telegraph, “Obviously, this is an ‘all hands on deck’ situation. Patrol, investigators, our intel unit is in on this, the FBI. One of these inmates had federal drug charges. Everyone is involved.”

The cops will not want a repeat of last month’s Danelo Cavalcante case when convicted killer Cavalcante remained on the lam for two weeks in dense woodland in Pennslyvania.

There is a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of each prisoner.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the escaped prisoners should contact Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

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