Safety is top of mind at the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office as deputies continue investigating how four inmates escaped from the jail early Monday morning.
The inmates – facing charges ranging from murder to drug trafficking – escaped at around 3 a.m. Monday.
The four men include 52-year-old Joey Fournier, 29-year-old Chavis Stokes, 25-year-old Marc K. Anderson and 37-year-old Johnifer Barnwell, according to the release.
The sheriff’s office doesn’t know if the four escapees are still together, or if they’re still in Macon. At a news conference Monday, Sheriff David Davis urged people to be cautious.
“I would think that anybody who’s escaped from the jail with some of these charges would be somebody that probably does not want to go back to jail,” Davis said. “I would consider these individuals to be a little bit dangerous.”
While he believes they’re likely away from the area, Davis isn’t ruling anything out. He says it’s important to watch for anything out of the ordinary.
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Press Release Press Release
MEDIA RELEASE: Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Offers $20,000 in Rewards for the Capture of Four Bibb County Escaped Inmates, Total Rewards Now Stand at $73,000
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is now offering rewards of up to $20,000 for information leading to the capture of Joey Fournier, Chavis Stokes, Marc K. Anderson, and Johnifer Barnwell, who escaped from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office jail on Oct. 16, 2023.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office reward is combined with rewards from the FBI, Macon Regional Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Marshals Service. The total reward amount stands at $73,000.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is offering $5,000 for the capture of each inmate, the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for each inmate and Macon Regional Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for the capture of each inmate.
The FBI is offering $10,000 for the capture of 37-year-old Johnifer Barnwell. He was convicted earlier this month on federal drug trafficking charges and faces a significant time in prison when sentenced.
The FBI is also offering up to $5,000 for the capture of 52-year-old Joey Fournier who is charged with murder, 29-year-old Chavis Stokes who faces drug charges, and 25-year-old Marc K. Anderson who was jailed for Aggravated Assault.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with our law enforcement partners including FBI Agents from the Macon Resident Agency and the U.S. Marshals Service to track down the four missing inmates.
Bibb Sheriff David Davis said, “Everyone from the Bibb Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners is focused on recapturing these fugitives. We ask that anyone having information about these wanted individuals to make the call and help us bring these escapees back to jail.”
Anyone with information on the possible location(s) of these escapees should call the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), the USMS at 1-877-WANTED2, or the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500. Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov or USMS Tips App.