Inmate who escaped Alabama jail arrested after being caught hiding in Atlanta trash can

Published 4:51 pm Monday, January 22, 2024

An inmate who escaped from an Alabama jail is back in custody after Atlanta police caught him hiding in a neighborhood trash can.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, Atlanta police officers received information that a stolen Infiniti Q50 was in the area of 371 Boulevard NE.

Responding officers requested the assistance of the Atlanta Aviation Unit (Phoenix 1) and the Georgia State Patrol. Phoenix 1 was able to locate the vehicle in the parking lot of the Chevron and observed the suspect exit the gas station and get into the vehicle.

As the suspect became mobile, responding units attempted to initiate a traffic stop however, the suspect fled at a high rate of speed upon seeing police.

Phoenix 1 was able to track the vehicle to a convenience store at 322 Glenn Street SW where the suspect abandoned the stolen vehicle and attempted to elude police officers on foot.

Phoenix 1 observed the suspect run through a residential area where he attempted to conceal himself inside a garbage can.

That information was relayed to officers on the ground who eventually located the suspect inside of the garbage can and placed him into custody.

With the assistance of the K-9 Unit, officers were also able to recover a handgun that the suspect had tried to hide inside another garbage can.

The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Tyree Chapman. Chapman later admitted to officers that he had escaped from the Bessemer City Jail in Alabama.

According to Bessemer police, Chapman escaped from the Bessemer City Jail on Jan. 12.

Chapman was charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Theft By Receiving Stolen Property.

Chapman was transported to the Fulton County Jail for processing and will eventually be extradited to the Bessemer City Jail in Alabama.