1 of 2 escaped Douglas County inmates captured

One of two Douglas County inmates who fled a work detail earlier this month has been arrested in Alabama.

Coleman Manessa was arrested Thursday night at a hotel in Jefferson County, Ala., by members of a U.S. Marshal’s task force, according to a news release from the office of the Douglas County sheriff.

“He is fighting extradition and we are in the process of getting a Governor’s warrant,” said Lt. Glenn Daniel, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

According to authorities, Manessa was working a lawn maintenance detail on Post Road June 12, when he and Kenneth Judson Long found an older model Crown Victoria with the keys still. The two got in the car and drove off. The car was recovered in Marietta Wednesday, according to the release.

Long and Manessa are non-violent inmates, both arrested on charges of burglary, theft by taking and theft by receiving stolen property, authorities said.

Long is still at large, but deputies are working “solid leads,” according to the release.

Anyonw with information on Long’s whereabouts should call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 770-949-5656.