Update: Inmate Shawn Doby turned himself in to authorities this morning on Hendrix Street near South Lumpkin Road, said warden Dwight Hamrick with the Muscogee County Prison.
Authorities spotted the escapee in the area around 2 a.m. and blocked it off with officials from the Columbus Police Department, Fugitive Squad, Georgia Department of Corrections K9, U.S. Marshals, Muscogee County Prison, Rutledge State Prison, Columbus Transitional Center and Columbus Public Works, Hamrick said.
According to the warden, Doby went to a Hendrix Street residence around 6:45 a.m. and asked its occupants to call the Columbus Police Department to report his whereabouts.
"I guess that's when he decided that we got it covered so well he wasn't going anywhere," Hamrick said.
Doby was recaptured without incident. Columbus Police took him into custody to book him on escape, hijacking a motor vehicle and aggravated assault charges.
"Once they book him, public state prison officers are going to transport him to Macon State Prison in South Georgia," Hamrick said.
The 2008 Nissan Versa that Doby allegedly hijacked from a 67-year-old woman Monday morning following the escape was recovered later that evening at the Columbus Inn on Victory Drive. The warden suspects that Doby drove it about three miles.
The 91-year-old man who the inmate allegedly assaulted during the hijacking suffered from deep lacerations on his left leg and visible ligaments. He was transported to the Midtown Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Original Story: Authorities are actively searching for the Muscogee County Prison inmate who allegedly escaped from work detail and hijacked a vehicle this morning, Columbus Police Sgt. Art Sheldon said.
The last time law enforcement spotted inmate Shawn Doby, 23, was when he working detail at the Riverdale Cemetery around 10:20 a.m., Sheldon said. The 5-foot-11 tall black man should be considered dangerous, officials added.
"He's a medium security risk, so it was actually an armed detail," Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said about the 165-pound inmate.
In January, Doby began serving time for robbery, second-degree criminal trespass and criminal trespass incidents in the Augusta and Richmond County area. His maximum release date is on April 20, 2020, the mayor said.
Sheldon said authorities noticed that Doby was missing around 10:30 a.m. and minutes later Columbus Police were informed about a black male wearing prison running along the Riverwalk.
Around 10:40 a.m., police were called to the 1800 block of Victory Drive in reference to the hijacking of a motor vehicle. When responding officers arrived on the scene, they learned that Doby hijacked a 2008 Nissan Versa from a 67-year-old woman and assaulted the 91-year-old male passenger in the 1800 block of Victory Drive.
The light gray vehicle has a missing hub cap on the rear-passenger side of the vehicle and a tag that reads "PD602XRAY," Sheldon added.
There is no word on injuries.
The Columbus Police Department is in the process of issuing arrest warrants for escape, hijacking a motor vehicle and aggravated assault in relation to the accusations.
Officials said they have received a tip about where Doby's may be headed. Anyone with additional information concerning his whereabouts is encouraged to call 9-1-1.