Escaped murderer back in custody in Cullman County

Leo Chavez was recaptured the night of Friday, March 19, 2021.

He escaped Thursday night.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 8:34 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2021 8:12 PM

UPDATE: Leo Santiago Chavez was located Friday night and is in custody.

Robert Alan Peak (left) and Leo Chavez (right)

UPDATE: Leo Chavez, a convicted murderer, is still on the run. An inmate that escaped with Chavez is in custody Friday morning.

Cullman County deputies captured Robert Peak overnight after a multi-agency car chase. The chase started in Blount County where Peak tried to run in a stolen car. It came through to Cullman County and ended near Berlin.


The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is working to locate two escaped inmates, including a convicted murderer, Thursday night.

They were last seen east of the jail.

Four inmates escaped from the jail, but two, Tyler Dooley and Justin Long, are now in custody. The sheriff’s office shared photos of the two inmates still wanted, Leo Chavez and Robert Alan Peak.

The sheriff’s office said they escaped at 6:33 p.m. Thursday through an air vent and by jumping to the ground. It says Long broke his foot in the jump, and he and Dooley were captured quickly.

According to the ABC-affiliated station in Birmingham, 33/40, Chavez was at the jail waiting to be transferred to the state department of corrections after being sentenced in January to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of his parents.

The sheriff’s office urges citizens to stay inside their homes and lock their doors. If you see the suspects, call 911 or the sheriff’s office at 256-734-0342.

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