Last Cullman Co. Jail inmate recaptured, all 4 escapees in custody


Leo Chavez captured. (Courtesy/Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — (UPDATE) — The final Cullman County jail escapee has been captured and taken into custody Friday night.

Leo Chavez was found in Hanceville in a residential area Friday night. He is now in custody, according to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Alan Peak, one of the four men who escaped Thursday, attempted to flee in a stolen vehicle. The pursuit started in Blount County nd ended on Highway 278 near Berlin in Cullman County.

A $10,000 reward was offered by the U.S. Marshal Service for information leading to Chavez.

Stay with CBS 42 as this story develops.

(ORIGINAL) — Cullman County authorities are searching for two escaped inmates from the Cullman County Jail.

The two were last seen east of the jail, authorities report. Initially, four inmates escaped, however two are back in custody. Tyler Dooley and Justin Long are back in custody at the Cullman County Detention Center at this time.

Leo Chavez and Robert Alan Peak remain at large. Multiple agencies are on scene aiding in the search.

Chavez was recently convicted of killing his parents and burying their bodies in a shallow grave in Blount County.

Sheriff Matthew Gentry says the men were able to escape through an air vent. The U.S. Marshal Service has offered a $5000 reward for Chavez and a $2500 reward for Peak.

Until the two have been caught, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office asks citizens to stay inside your homes and lock your doors.

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