Escaped Lee County inmate arrested in Tallapoosa County

Edwin D. Dennis

UPDATE: Edwin Dennis was arrested Wednesday by the U.S. Marshal Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Dennis was found at an abandoned camp site on Lake Martin, located in Tallapoosa County.

Dennis is currently at the Tallapossa County Sheriff Department waiting transport back to Opelika Police Department.

LEE COUNTY, Ala.- The Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Opelika Police and other law enforcement agencies in the area are still looking for Edwin D. Dennis. Authorities say Dennis was on a work detail Monday afternoon at the Opelika Police Department where he was under supervision when a white, Chevy Lumina picked him up.

Authorities now say that Dennis may be in Chambers County, which is where he is from.

Authorities add Dennis is 5′ 11″, 205 lbs, brown hair and eyes and has multiple tattoos.

Edwin D. Dennis
Edwin D. Dennis

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says these walkoffs by inmates do happen, but it does not happen often.  Sheriff Jones assured the public that the do get captured; it is just a matter of time.

Captain Shane Healey of the Opelika Police Department and Sheriff Jones say that Dennis is not a violent offender, but people should still be cautious and call their local law enforcement agencies if they come across him. “They shouldn’t just assume in any case that an individual may not be dangerous,” Sheriff Jones said. “We’re often asked is this person dangerous? My answer to that is, well, he was in custody and he obviously felt it was not important enough to go by the rules and left. So, he certainly didn’t want to be in custody, so you take that as you will.”

Authorities say Dennis’ last listed address is on County Road 388 in Chambers County.


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