Anthony Ray Barnes

Florida Man Escapes Inmate Work Release, FDLE, And Sheriff Searching For Him

A Florida inmate, assigned to a work-release program, has skipped out and is being sought by authorities.

On May 4th, Anthony Ray Barnes was assigned to L30 Traffic Services to hold traffic signs.

Investigators say he checked in with a Florida Department of Corrections Correctional Officer at 2:04 p.m.

Deputies say at 6:37 p.m., Barnes had removed his ankle monitor and left the state’s work-release program. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist in the search for Barnes at 9:00 p.m. that day.

Anthony Ray Barnes

Barnes’ last known location was the intersection of Mobile Highway and Boulder Street in Escambia County.

He is a white male, 6’1” tall, 215lbs, with brown hair (balding), blue eyes, and has multiple facial tattoos. He is possibly wearing a Hi-Vis L30 jacket, but investigators say it’s unlikely.

Barnes has an extensive arrest record with multiple felony charges including battery, drug violations, and burglary. He is currently serving time for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and fleeing and eluding from Santa Rosa County.

It’s believed Barnes may be in Santa Rosa County with 25-year-old Dalton Dakota Ballard, who is also wanted for fleeing and eluding by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

If you have any information about Barnes’s whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP or the ECSO at 850-436-9620.

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