Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Alabama jail escapee kidnaps man, drives to metro Atlanta

Alabama jail escapee kidnaps man, drives to metro Atlanta

A jail escapee out of Alabama authorities described as "armed and dangerous" has been captured in DeKalb County.

Shane Anthony Vernon, 27, escaped on Sunday around 2:30 p.m. from the Coosa County, Alabama jail on Sunday, and authorities believe he's here in Georgia.

Vernon is now being held in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting extradition.

Vernon escaped the Coosa County Jail Sunday, local authorities said.

He then kidnapped the homeowner and drove with him to Douglasville, Georgia, just west of Atlanta, Franklin said.

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Felony warrants for first-degree unlawful imprisonment, robbery, motor vehicle theft and second-degree escape have already been obtained in connection with the latest case.

After escaping from the Coosa County Jail on Sunday, his second escape from that facility since late October, authorities said Vernon tied up an elderly couple in their home in Rockford, stealing their auto and guns.

When Vernon is extradited back to Alabama, he'll be transferred first to Elmore County where a hold is in place for his arrest.

After abandoning that vehicle, he broke into another home Monday in Wetumpka, Alabama, where he sat in a chair and waited for the homeowner to arrive, Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told the news site Al.com. However, Vernon would likely be subject to counts related to the Fugitive Felon Act since he crossed state lines to avoid prosecution. His freedom was short lived after that escape, however, with recapture happening the next day.

Vernon had previously broken out of the Coosa County jail on October 29 when he pulled out of his restraints while being booked for burglary and theft, the sheriff's office said. He said Vernon was able to get into the maintenance area of the ceiling and got around security doors and then fled on foot.

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