Georgia prison break: Who are the inmates on the run after taking female guard hostage?

Georgia prison break: Who are the inmates on the run after taking female guard hostage?
From top left: Tyree Williams, Tyree Mantan Jackson, Lewis Wendell Evans, Brandon Pooler and Dennis Penix escaped prison (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

HAWKINSVILLE, GEORGIA: A manhunt has been launched for some fugitives — two of whom are suspected of murder — who fled a county jail after one of them took a female guard hostage. One of the five has now been recaptured while others are on the run.

This weekend the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) issued a blue alert after the prisoners fled the Pulaski County Law Enforcement Center. They also reportedly took the female jailer’s car keys and attacked the other jailer who was present at the scene. The number of the vehicle — a white 2015 Kia Sedona — in which they escaped is CMP-8628.


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Who are the five inmates who escaped?

According to authorities, the prisoners are Tyree Williams, Dennis Penix, Brandon Pooler, Tyree Jackson and Lewis Evans. However, Jackson has now been captured. He was behind bars after being charged in car break-ins. Williams faces felony murder and home invasion charges for allegedly shooting a man in July last year. Penix allegedly murdered two men four years ago in a drug deal gone bad. Pooler is accused of child cruelty and Evans is accused of obstructing an officer.

Sheriff Danny Brannen said the prisoners escaped from the jail on the night of Friday, November 12, when one guard was in a cell talking to an inmate when another prisoner attacked one of the jailers. Brannen added that the inmates threatened to kill the hostage jailer before taking her personal car keys. Before fleeing, they also took a taser.

Captain Larry Jackson said the inmates are dangerous and members of the public should not do something on their own if they see them. They have been advised to call 911, the Pulaski County sheriff’s office at 478-783-1212 or Hawkinsville Crimestoppers at 478-783-9255. Also, the US Marshals Service has announced that a reward of up to $5,000 will be given to the person(s) who give information leading to the direct arrest of any of the wanted inmates.

This comes months after six inmates escaped from California's Merced County jail by scaling down its walls from the roof with homemade rope. At the time, the Police Department of California wrote on Facebook, “On January 10, 2021, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Jail Staff determined that just before midnight, six inmates housed at the Merced County Downtown Jail were missing from their cell. A preliminary investigation has determined that the inmates were able to gain access to the roof of the facility and utilize a homemade rope to scale down the side of the jail. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office has formed a task force to track down and apprehend these fugitives.”

The names of the prisoners were: Fabian Cruz Roman, Gabriel Francis Coronado, Andres Nunez Rodriguez Jr, Edgar Eduardo Ventura, Jorge Barron and Manuel Allen Leon.

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