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A man killed himself as Georgia agents tried to question him about four prison escapees. He turned out to be a long-missing murder suspect.

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Looking for four men who escaped On October 16, at a Georgia prison, officers found a murder suspect who had been missing for more than seven months after allegedly being kidnapped.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force went to a Macon apartment after investigators obtained information about someone who may have information on the escapees. They were greeted by someone firing a gun through the door, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told reporters.

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On Friday, police found a blue Dodge Challenger abandoned in the parking lot of a Macon supermarket that they believe was involved in the escape.

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When a SWAT team arrived, a woman inside the apartment led them to an injured man. She told them the man, Christian Demond Williams, had killed himself, deputies said. He was transported Monday afternoon to Mâcon hospital, where police said he was in critical condition.

Davis said neither officer fired his weapon.

Williams had been missing since March 5, the day before his murder trial in the shooting death of a man at a Macon convenience store in 2021. A security camera showed Williams, wearing a red hat, attacked by two other men on the porch of his house. Davis and District Attorney Anita Howard both expressed doubt that Williams was actually kidnapped.

The battery in Williams’ electronic ankle monitor had failed and the bail bond company neither notified authorities nor asked Williams to charge it, Davis told WMAZ-TV in June.

“It’s pretty suspicious that someone would be kidnapped under surveillance cameras on the day they were supposed to appear in court,” Davis said earlier.

Court records show Williams no longer has an attorney for the prior charges and is listed as representing himself. A phone call and email to his former attorney were not immediately returned.

On Monday, officers arrested the woman in the apartment, Mykia Mynesha Williams, and charged her with aiding in an escape, according to jail records. It’s unclear whether she is related to Christian Williams or has an attorney to speak on her behalf, in part because a sheriff’s investigator did not respond to a phone call seeking information.

Finding four escapees is the sheriff’s “priority”

It’s a watershed moment in the story of a prison break, involving another accused murderer, that had already dominated the news in central Georgia. The four escapees were identified as Joey Fournier, Marc Kerry Anderson, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell and Chavis Demaryo Stokes.

Christian Williams’ possible involvement with the four escaped inmates is currently under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

Friday, deputies found a blue Dodge Challenger abandoned in the parking lot of a supermarket in Mâcon which they suspect of being involved in the escape. Authorities have been following leads to locate the car, and Sheriff Davis said he “appreciates the tips and any leads we have received that are being followed up on.”

The video showed the Challenger being just outside the prison earlier in the night and appeared to show someone tampering with the fence. That person then brought items into the closed area and the sheriff said investigators believe those items were used to help the men escape. The men escaped through a prison window and through the fence. The Challenger arrived and helped all four escape around 3 a.m. ET, authorities previously said.

Davis said Monday that the search for the escapees was his department’s “single priority.”

“We’re going to get you,” Davis said, addressing the men. “We’ll find you. The footsteps are getting closer.”

A combined reward of $73,000 is being offered for information leading to the inmates. The Sheriff’s Office is offering rewards of up to $20,000 and additional compensation is being offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Macon Regional Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Fournier, 52, is a white man with gray hair and blue eyes who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He was being held on suspicion of murder after being accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in February 2022.

Anderson, 24, is a black man with dreadlocks, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He is charged with aggravated assault.

Barnwell, 37, is a black man with braids, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He was being held on federal drug charges.

Stokes, 29, is a black man with short black hair, is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was detained for possession of a firearm and drug trafficking.

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Joey Fournier, Marc Kerry Anderson, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell and Chavis Demaryo Stokes escaped from the Bibb County Detention Center in Macon, Georgia, early Monday morning.

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Anyone with information on the possible locations of the detainees was asked to report what they know to the respective FBI and U.S. Marshals Service tip lines at 1-800-CALL-FBI and 1-877-WANTED2. People can also submit tips online through the FBI website or the U.S. Marshals Service app.

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