Authorities say a fugitive has been captured near Atlanta after escaping from the same county jail in Alabama twice within a three-week span. The Coosa County Sheriff's office says that 27-year-old Shane Anthony Vernon was taken into custody late Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, just east of Atlanta. Vernon had been the focus of a nationwide manhunt. Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson said the inmate's most recent escape happened Sunday afternoon, when he "physically circumvented the security of the jail."
Authorities say Vernon has been on a crime spree since escaping – confronting several families at gunpoint and stealing their vehicles and cash. He is being extradited to Alabama where he faces multiple felony charges.