UPDATE: Spencer Popwell an escaped felon has been captured at 7:25 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Sheriff Noel Brown confirmed he was captured in the near Willingway Hospital not far from where he crashed the Bulloch County work truck on Monday.
Spencer Popwell an escaped felon remains at large as of 6:00 am on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. He is believed to be in the area of Jones Mill Road and Coach Lee Hill Blvd.
Grice Connect has followed this story throughout the night and will continue to give updates until he is captured.
According to Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown they believe he remains in the search area which is in the Jones Mill Road and Coach Lee Hill Blvd. area. Sheriff Brown said his deputies and other law enforcement agencies continued the search throughout the night.
Sheriff Brown wants citizens to known they will remain vigilant until Popwell is back in custody.
Use caution and stay alert
He encourages citizens to stay alert as you prepare to leave your homes this morning. If your vehicle was left unlocked during the night, check the vehicle before getting into it Statesboro High staff and students can return to school today.
There will be an increased law enforcement presence as a precaution. If you think you see Popwell do not approach. Also if you see anything suspicious call 911 or Bulloch Sheriff’s Office at 912-764-8888.
Popwell escaped from work detail Monday
Popwell, who is from the Brunswick, Georgia area, is an inmate at the Bulloch County Correctional Institute and was on a work detail off of Lakeview road near Metts road when he escaped. He took a Bulloch County white Ford F-150 and fled the scene a little before 3:00 pm, Monday, September 12, 2022.
Bulloch Sheriff Noel Brown spotted the truck moments later as it turned onto the bypass from Hwy. 301 North. Deputies began pursuit and the truck turned onto Jones Mill Road.
Popwell refused to stop and crashed the truck in a wooded area near the Heritage Inn Health and Rehabilitation and Coach Lee Hill Boulevard.
Law enforcement locked down Statesboro High School, Heritage and Willingway Hospital as a precaution.
Popwell fled the scene on foot into the wooded area. Law enforcement established a perimeter and brought in K-9’s from SPD, Bulloch Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Corrections. They also deployed drones from Bulloch Sheriff’s office.
Law enforcement continues to keep a heavy police presence around the perimeter which covered multiple neighborhood throughout the night while they searched for Popwell.
Spencer Popwell is serving time for “non violent” felony theft incidents according to the Bulloch Sheriffs Office.