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Third of 4 Escaped Georgia Inmates Caught in Augusta With Large Stash of Drugs


The FBI says that the third of four inmates who escaped from a jail in Central Georgia last month was arrested Sunday morning on Alpine Road in Augusta.

Agents working with the FBI Bibb County and Richmond County officers located 37-year-old Johnifer Dernard Barnwell in a home on the 3000 block of Alpine Road, around the corner from Copeland Elementary School. Officers also discovered large amounts of suspected meth, fentanyl, heroin, marijuana and cocaine.

Barnwell is one of four inmates who fled the Bibb County Detention Center in Macon on Oct. 16, possibly escaping through a damaged day room window and a cut fence. Just two weeks before his escape, Barnwell was convicted on six counts of trafficking fentanyl, heroin and meth.

Two others have already been recaptured. One inmate still remains at large. Joey Fournier, 52, who is accused of murder, is the last of the four men who escaped from the Bibb County Jail.

Anyone with information on the possible location of Fournier should call the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI(1-800-225-5324), the USMS at 1-877-WANTED2. Tips may also be submitted online at or USMS Tips App.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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