MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama fugitive Shane Vernon remains in custody of the Dekalb Police Department in Georgia after escaping the Coosa County Jail.
Vernon was captured on Tuesday night at an apartment complex in Decatur, Georgia, after someone recognized him from the news and alerted police.
Vernon reportedly went on a crime spree, tying up two different families at gunpoint and kidnapping a Wetumpka man before crossing state lines.
We have no timetable to show when Shane Vernon will return to Alabama - but we are learning more about his escape. Monday Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson confirmed that malfunctioning jail equipment is to blame for the incident.
Vernon was using the phone in a secure area of the jail last Sunday when a faulty electric control panel unlocked the area - allowing Vernon to escape through the jail's unsecured attic.
Sheriff Wilson confirms only two deputies were working that night - and both were handling 911 calls for dispatch.
Wilson says this has happened before in other parts of the jail. Right now, this part of the jail is not being used until repairs are made. He plans to bring the staffing issues - the security issues before the Coosa County Commission.
We have not been able to establish whether Vernon has waived extradition back to Alabama, or if he will fight to stay in Georgia. While he has four charges in Dekalb County, he was more extensive charges in Alabama - and one federal count.