Nationwide search now underway for escaped Coosa County inmate considered ‘armed and extremely dangerous’

(Coosa County Sheriff's Office)

COOSA COUNTY, Ala. — A nationwide search is now underway for an escaped inmate that authorities say should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

According to our news partners at AL.com, 27-year-old Shane Anthony Vernon escaped from the Coosa County Jail around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

On Monday, authorities confirmed the investigation found a corrections officer let Vernon use the inmate phone system. While in that area, Vernon noticed the door had not been properly secured by the officer on duty. Vernon was able to gain access to the maintenance in the ceiling of the facility and circumvented the remaining security measures.

AL.com also reports that after Vernon escaped he victimized the residents of a home on Hwy 231 in Rockford. Authorities say he bound the residents and stole their vehicle.

That vehicle was found abandoned just south of the Coosa/Elmore county line, where authorities believe Vernon then fled on foot.

A coordinated joint search was carried out by the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, ALEA, the state tracking dogs, ALEA’s Aviation Unit, and the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities discovered Vernon had stolen a small red mini bike from another residence to avoid capture. Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson confirmed the search for Shane Anthony Vernon has been turned over to U.S. Marshalls a or nationwide search.

This is not the first time authorities have searched for Vernon. Vernon had previously escaped during booking on October 29 before he was recaptured the following morning.

Vernon is described to be 5’7″ tall and is said to weigh about 130 pounds. Authorities say Vernon has a tattoo on his fist that reads “ride or die” along with a Chinese symbol on his neck. He also has the word “county” on his shoulder.

Anyone with information on Vernon’s whereabouts is asked to call the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office at 256-377-2211, or call 911.