CULLMAN CO., Ala. (WBRC) - The last of four inmates who escaped the Cullman Co. Jail Thursday night has been captured after some help from a Hanceville resident.
Leo Chavez was taken into custody Friday evening by police in Hanceville, about 24 hours after escaping from the Cullman Co. Jail.
Chavez was convicted on three counts of capital murder in March for the murder of his parents.
According to Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail, Chavez was taken into custody by officers after the wife of a resident called 911 to tell them her husband had him at gunpoint outside their residence on Arkadelphia Road.
When police arrived, Mayor Nail says two officers took Chavez into custody.
Nail said Mr. Baker, the resident who noticed Chavez on his property, asked him if he was the person authorities were looking for. Chavez reportedly said yes and that he was tired of running.
You can view Mayor Nail’s interview with WBRC below:
Mayor Nail also spoke with the officers who responded to the residence and took Chavez into custody via Facebook Live. That interview is below:
Sheriff Matt Gentry said the U.S. Marshal Service was offering a $5,000 reward for Chavez. Gentry said he would match that with a $5,000 reward, bringing the total to $10,000.
The four inmates who escaped the Cullman Co. Jail - Leo Chavez, Robert Alan Peak, Tyler Dooley, and Justin Long - are all back in custody.
Peak was captured overnight after leading authorities on a chase through Blount County and into Cullman County in a stolen vehicle.
Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said the men opened a vent in the shower area, got into a wall and were able to open an area enough to jump onto a second tier and then down to the ground to escape. One of the inmates broke his foot.
Gentry said experts are looking at the jail now to fix the issues and make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Deputies were looking for a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette that may have been used in the escape as well. No word yet if that automobile has been located.