According to the Sheriff’s Office, Anthony L. Pierce, 20, of Powder Springs escaped on foot from the intake area as he was returning from a scheduled court appearance about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. He apparently accessed an outer security gate that was opened to allow a vehicle to exit.
Sheriff Neil Warren said Pierce was apprehended about 9 p.m. in the perimeter of the jail complex.
Pierce was arrested last Nov. 4 on misdemeanor charges of fighting in a public place and disrupting of public schools, Warren said. While in custody, Sheriff’s deputies took another warrant, on Nov. 19, for felony obstruction, simple battery and aggravated battery, Warren said, and Pierce now faces additional charges of escape.
Warren said the Cobb County Internal Affairs Unit will investigate to ensure that all policy and procedures were followed.
“I would like to thank the Georgia State Patrol, the Cobb County Police Department, the Marietta Police Department and the Atlanta Police Department for their assistance in locating the suspect,” Warren said in a statement. “Due to the rapid response of the Sheriff’s Office in coordination with these other agencies, the inmate was apprehended without incident and is back in custody at the Cobb County Jail.”