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Escaped Alabama Inmate Who Went on Crime Spree Captured in Georgia

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Nov 22 2017 8:48 AM

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The manhunt of an inmate who escaped from the Coosa County Jail before going on a crime spree has come to an end with his recapture, the sheriff's office confirmed early Wednesday morning.

Shane Vernon was taken into custody without incident around midnight Tuesday in Dekalb County, Georgia. He's being held in that county's jail while awaiting extradition back to Alabama to face multiple charges.

After escaping from jail on Sunday, authorities say Vernon tied up an elderly couple in their home in Rockford, stealing their car and guns. 

Monday he tied up a young family at gunpoint inside their home in Titus, stealing cash and their silver van. That van was later abandoned about seven miles away at the home of yet another victim.

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said Vernon kidnapped a Wetumpka man from his home on Bradley Road, stole the victim's car, and drove to Douglasville, Georgia, outside Atlanta where he abandoned the victim and the car. The victim was able to safely make it to a police station.

Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson confirms six warrants have been signed for the escapee for the crime in Rockford including second-degree escape, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree imprisonment, and one count of first-degree theft of property. 

The Elmore County District Attorney’s office says Vernon faces three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree kidnapping.

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