Alabama fugitive captured in Georgia


Vernon was allegedly allowed out of his cell to use the inmate telephone system when he noticed that the officer on duty had "failed to properly secure one of the doors" in the area, according to a Coosa County Sheriff's Office press release. Franklin says deputies from Elmore and Coosa counties as well as state troopers and the Alabama Dept. of Corrections are looking for him.

Police were able to catch up with Vernon around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night in DeKalb County.

On Tuesday, U.S. Marshals told Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Nicole Carr that Vernon kidnapped a man from Alabama and dropped him and the vehicle off in Douglasville.

He then broke into another home, waited for the resident to get home, stole a vehicle and kidnapped the resident at knifepoint, Franklin said.

Vernon then allegedly stole the victim's auto, kidnapped the victim and drove to Douglasville, Georgia, outside Atlanta. He later abandoned the victim and his black Pontiac G2.

After escaping from jail on Sunday, authorities say Vernon tied up an elderly couple in their home in Rockford, stealing their auto and guns. On Monday, authorities said, Vernon held a young family at gunpoint in Titus, Ala., stealing cash and a silver van, which he later abandoned before fleeing on foot. He made his way through the door to a "maintenance area" in the ceiling where he went around another four security doors and fled. The tattoo on his fist reads "ride or die". There is also a Chinese symbol on his neck and the word "County" on his shoulder. If you have any information on his location, call 911 immediately.