GBI issues alert for 5 inmates who escaped from Georgia prison


HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. (WJBF/AP) – A manhunt is underway Saturday in central Georgia for five men who escaped a county jail.

Pulaski County Sheriff Danny Brannen said federal marshals, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol and multiple sheriff’s offices in the area are helping in the search. Brannen said at 11 p.m. Friday, the inmates were supposed to be in lockdown.

The five inmates escaped from Pulaski County Law Enforcement Center in Hawkinsville, Ga. The facility is located at 34 Badge Blvd in Hawkinsville and is around two hours east of Muscogee County.

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. Capt. Larry Jackson said the inmates were traveling in a stolen, white 2015 Kia Sedona. Authorities do not know where the men are headed.

GBI identified the five inmates as Tyree Williams, Lewis Wendell Evans, Brandon Pooler, Tyree Mantan Jackson, and Dennis Penix Jr.

Police urge anyone who sees them call 911 and do not approach the car.

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