UPDATE: Columbus Police tell News 3 escaped inmate Shawn Doby agreed to turn himself in and is now in custody. Police say Doby surrendered himself on Hendrix Street, off S. Lumpkin Rd. around 6:45 a.m.
UPDATE: Authorities are set up at a command post on South Lumpkin Road behind the old Winn Dixie grocery store.
The Fugitive Squad, U.S. Marshals and other authorities are on the search for Shawn Doby. Muscogee County Prison Warden, Dwight Hamrick told News 3 that “Right now, we’re in a waiting game. We’re basically unsure whether he’s held up or he’s left there. But, we’re gonna stay on him until we know. We’re gonna stay on the hunt until we know.”
That hunt for the suspect will go all Monday night and into Tuesday if they are unsuccessful in finding him. Warden Hamrick also told News 3 that they do not believe that Doby is headed back toward Augusta because they say he would need some help to get there.
They do not believe anyone is helping him. The inmates who were with Doby on the detail were questioned, but it did not lead to anything. Since Doby was considered medium security and had 5 years left on his sentence, Warden Hamrick says that Doby was “assigned appropriately.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Columbus Police are working to track down an escaped inmate who they say hijacked a vehicle.
Authorities are looking for Shawn Doby after he stole a light gray 2008 Nissan Versa with Georgia license plate #: PD602XRAY near the Riverwalk.
The Riverdale Cemetery Detail Officer on duty last saw Doby, 22, around 10:20 a.m. Police say Doby stole the car about 20 minutes later at Rotary Park near the cemetery. Muscogee County Prison Deputy Warden S.J. Thomas says Doby got into a fight with the driver whose car was stolen.
“I think he told him to get out the car him and I believe his daughter exited the vehicle,” Thomas said. “One of the passengers tried to go around and grab a hold of the car while from what we understand, when the inmate had taken off.”
Doby was able to take control of the vehicle after injuring the driver in the process. We are told the driver’s daughter was with him at the time of the hijacking. The driver is currently at Midtown Medical Center.
News 3’s Alex Derencz was able to confirm the Nissan’s recovery at the Columbus Inn Ft. Benning on Victory Drive. He says police were searching the car for fingerprints and other evidence.
Doby was originally scheduled to be released from prison on April 20, 2020. He was imprisoned on robbery, second degree criminal damage and criminal trespassing charges from the Richmond County (Augusta) area.
Originally from Augusta, Doby is described as a black male with brown eyes, standing around 5’11” and weighing approximately 165 lbs.
Police ask anyone who sees Doby to call 911 immediately.