Last of four inmates who escaped Cullman Co. Jail back in custody after help from Hanceville resident

Last of four inmates who escaped Cullman Co. Jail back in custody after help from Hanceville resident
Authorities in Cullman County are searching for Leo Chavez, who escaped from jail Thursday. (Source: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)

CULLMAN CO., Ala. (WBRC) - The last of four inmates who escaped the Cullman Co. Jail Thursday night has been captured after some help from a Hanceville resident.

Leo Chavez was taken into custody Friday evening by police in Hanceville, about 24 hours after escaping from the Cullman Co. Jail.

Leo Chavez has been captured. We want to thank our citizens who helped us yesterday and today. Thanks also to all the law enforcement agencies that assisted in his capture.

Posted by Cullman Sheriff on Friday, March 19, 2021

Chavez was convicted on three counts of capital murder in March for the murder of his parents.

According to Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail, Chavez was taken into custody by officers after the wife of a resident called 911 to tell them her husband had him at gunpoint outside their residence on Arkadelphia Road.

When police arrived, Mayor Nail says two officers took Chavez into custody.

Nail said Mr. Baker, the resident who noticed Chavez on his property, asked him if he was the person authorities were looking for. Chavez reportedly said yes and that he was tired of running.

You can view Mayor Nail’s interview with WBRC below:

Hanceville mayor speaks about Cullman Co. inmate recapture

Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail speaks about the recapture of a Cullman Co. inmate who escaped the jail Thursday evening. https://bit.ly/3r116Mp

Posted by WBRC FOX6 News on Friday, March 19, 2021

Mayor Nail also spoke with the officers who responded to the residence and took Chavez into custody via Facebook Live. That interview is below:

Posted by Kenneth Nail on Friday, March 19, 2021

Sheriff Matt Gentry said the U.S. Marshal Service was offering a $5,000 reward for Chavez. Gentry said he would match that with a $5,000 reward, bringing the total to $10,000.

Updated reward information... Sheriff Matt Gentry has stated that he will offer an additional $5000 reward for...

Posted by Cullman Sheriff on Friday, March 19, 2021

The four inmates who escaped the Cullman Co. Jail - Leo Chavez, Robert Alan Peak, Tyler Dooley, and Justin Long - are all back in custody.

Peak was captured overnight after leading authorities on a chase through Blount County and into Cullman County in a stolen vehicle.

Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said the men opened a vent in the shower area, got into a wall and were able to open an area enough to jump onto a second tier and then down to the ground to escape. One of the inmates broke his foot.

Gentry said experts are looking at the jail now to fix the issues and make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Deputies were looking for a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette that may have been used in the escape as well. No word yet if that automobile has been located.

Officials search for escaped inmates near Bolte Road in Cullman.
Officials search for escaped inmates near Bolte Road in Cullman. (Source: wbrc)
Authorities gather at the Cullman Co Sheriff's Office to search for two missing inmates.
Authorities gather at the Cullman Co Sheriff's Office to search for two missing inmates. (Source: wbrc)

Earlier this evening, four inmates escaped from the Cullman County Detention Center and fled on foot. Two of the...

Posted by Cullman Sheriff on Thursday, March 18, 2021

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