The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) issued a Blue Alert on Friday after five inmates broke out from a Pulaski County jail in South Georgia shortly after 11 pm.
A “Blue Alert” is generally an indication that the police are under attack or in need of help and assistance; it speeds up the apprehension of violent criminals who are susceptible to killing or seriously injuring local, state, or federal law enforcement officers.
The “Blue Alert” is also used when an “imminent and credible threat that a person intends to cause serious injury or death to a law enforcement officer” arises.
Two of the escapees were recaptured after making it to a county nearby, with the other three still at large – the quintet who broke out of the jail included two of whom were being accused of murder.
Inmates broke out of jail, two have been recaptured
The escaped inmates were identified by the GBI as:
- Tyree Williams Jr
- Dennis Penix Jr
- Brandon Pooler
- Tyres Jackson (Recaptured)
- Lewis Evans III (Recaptured)
According to the GBI, Tyres Jackson and Lewis Evans III have since been recaptured, with both taken into custody on Sunday at Warner Robins as the search for the remaining trio continues.
Reward of $5,000
The GBI posted a Tweet saying that the U.S Marshals Service has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone with valuable information that could lead to the direct arrest of any of the wanted escapees.
The five of them have a history of violence, stealing a white-colored KIA Sedona van at the Pulaski County Jail parking lot after their prison break – the van’s license plate reads “CMP8628”.
According to Danny Brannen, the Pulaski County Sheriff, one of the escaped inmates attacked a female jailer while she was talking to an inmate.
The GBI said that the escapees were armed with two stun guns and the authorities are advising the public, if they see them, to call 911 and not approach the individuals.
In other news, Petersburg saw two shootings occurring at night with a man in critical condition and a teenager suffering minor injuries.