Trustee escapes, accomplice arrested

Published 10:26 pm Sunday, August 18, 2013

The woman who helped a trustee escape Saturday has been arrested, but the trustee remains at large.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Sat., August 17, 2013, an inmate given “trustee” status and assigned to the Andalusia Police Department escaped, according to a press release from the APD. Zachery Obrien Chambers, age 22, of Andalusia, was serving time in the Covington County Jail after being sentenced to 330 days in jail by Municipal Judge Mike Jones. Chambers had been a trustee at the Andalusia Police Department for less than a week when he executed his escape plan.


After it was discovered that Chambers was missing, an investigation into his whereabouts began immediately. During the investigation, video evidence was discovered that showed Chambers getting into a black Ford Taurus on Burnette Street which is located between the police department and Brooks True Value Hardware. From this video evidence, the identity of the driver of the vehicle was ascertained and that person was located. The accomplice was identified as Topeka Shanta Bryant, age 23, of Andalusia. Bryant was arrested and charged with permitting or facilitating escape 2nd, a Class “A” misdemeanor, and placed in the Covington County Jail on an investigative hold in connection with the escape. Multiple locations and/or residences around Andalusia have been searched but Chambers has not been located.

A warrant for Escape 3rd, a class “C” felony, has been issued for Chambers and anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Andalusia Police Department at 222-1155 or the Covington County E-911 Center at 428-4911.

The Andalusia Police Department would like to thank the Covington County Sheriff’s Department, the Covington County Sheriff’s Pose, the Covington County District Attorney’s Office, and the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force for their assistance in the search for Chambers.