Fugitive accused in crime spree returned to Alabama

Fugitive accused in crime spree returned to Alabama

ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The U.S. Marshals Service confirms Alabama fugitive Shane Vernon has returned to Alabama and is in the Elmore County Detention Facility.

Vernon was arrested last week in Decatur, Georgia, following a two-day manhunt. The fugitive racked up a long list of alleged offenses in a crime spree that started after escaping the Coosa County Jail on Nov. 19.

Following his escape, authorities said he tied up an elderly couple in their home in Rockford, stealing their car and guns.

The next day he allegedly tied up a young family at gunpoint inside their home in Titus, stealing cash and their van which was later abandoned about seven miles away at the home of yet another victim.

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said Vernon, 27, then kidnapped a Wetumpka man from his home, stole the victim's car, and drove to Douglasville, Georgia, outside Atlanta, where he abandoned the victim and the car.

The manhunt ended around midnight Nov. 22 in Dekalb County, Georgia, capping several days of searches as the fugitive racked up a long list of offenses in a crime spree that started the previous Sunday.

Vernon faces a litany of charges in multiple jurisdictions. In Georgia, he faces four local charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana - less than an ounce, open container and giving a false name.

In Coosa County, Sheriff Terry Wilson said there are six warrants signed for the escapee for the crime in Rockford, including second-degree escape, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree imprisonment and one count of first-degree theft of property.

The Elmore County District Attorney's Office said Vernon faces three counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree kidnapping.

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