Blue Alert: 2 captured, 3 violent inmates on the run after escaping Pulaski County facility

Two of the five men wanted after escaping a middle Georgia facility on Friday has been captured, the GBI said late Sunday.

A statewide alert had been issued the inmates who escaped from the Pulaski County Law Enforcement Center on Friday. A Blue Alert, Georgia’s emergency alert issued by local law enforcement to speed the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers and to aid in the location of missing law enforcement officers, has been issued.

The GBI shared images of Tyree Williams, Tyree Mantan Jackson, Lewis Wendall Evans, Brandon Pooler and Dennis Penix Jr. who investigators said were able to leave the facility located about 25 miles south-southeast of Warner Robbins around 11:15 p.m. Friday.

Jackson was taken into custody in Warner Robins on Sunday, the GBI said.

Monday morning, the GBI announced that Evans was also taken into custody in Warner Robins Sunday.

All five of the inmates have a violent criminal history with two being murder suspects, the GBI said.

The inmates were supposed to be in lockdown. One of two jailers working was in a cell talking to an inmate when another inmate attacked the guard. The sheriff said the inmates told the jailer they were going to kill her, then took her car keys and attacked the other jailer on duty.


The jailers were not hurt in the attack.

Investigators believe the suspects may be driving a 2015 KIA Sedona with a Georgia license plate: CMP8628.

The GBI describes each of the inmates:

Lewis Wendell Evans, 22, is 5-feet-2-inches tall, weighs 122 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair.

Tyree Montan Jackson, 27, is 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighs 176 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair.

Dennis Penix, Jr., 28, is 5-feet-9-inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair

Brandon Pooler, 24, is 6-feet-1-inch tall, weighs 215 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair.

Tyree Williams, Jr., 33, is 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighs 160 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair.

Williams was charged with felony murder and home invasion for allegedly shooting a man in July 2020. Penix was accused of killing two men in 2017 in a drug deal gone bad.

Pooler was accused of child cruelty, Jackson was charged in car break-ins, and Lewis Evans was accused of obstructing an officer.

The suspects may be armed with two Tasers.

Authorities do not know where the men are headed.

"I’m thinking they’re not in Hawkinsville no more," Brannen said.

The US Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the direct arrest of any of the wanted men.

Authorities said the inmates should be considered extremely dangerous and said people should not take action on their own. Anyone with information on the men’s whereabouts should call 911, the Pulaski County sheriff’s office at 478-783-1212 or Hawkinsville Crimestoppers at 478-783-9255.

This article has been updated to reflect corrected information released by the GBI of the identity of the inmate captured.





The Associated Press contributed to this report