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Felon mistakenly released from jail re-arrested by authorities

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Fourth Estate Staff

Detroit, IL, United States (4E) – A felon was mistakenly released from jail in suburban Detroit and officials have successfully arrested him, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

The inmate, Johnny Rodgers, was supposed to be returned to the state Corrections Department after he appeared in an Oakland County court on Wednesday. However, a jail officer released him. The sheriff’s office believed that Rodgers was just in Detroit and was wearing a white shirt, jeans, and a pair of Timberland boots. He had no cellphone or money on him so it was possible he was just in the area.

Rodgers was sentenced to at least seven years behind bars last November after being convicted of attempted murder and other related crimes such as armed robbery. He was in the Oakland County court due to a gun case. He reportedly carried a weapon in a school zone.

The 25-year-old was arrested by a U.S. Marshals task force assisted by Detroit police on Thursday at around 5 P.M. near Outer Drive and Hubbell. He reportedly visited his family near Seven Mile and Livernois before he was arrested.

The mother of the felon said, “I just assumed it was an accident, it didn’t seem right, it didn’t make sense.” She reportedly called the cops to report her son.

Rodgers previously faced charges such as assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, armed robbery, and felony firearm.

It was unclear what disciplinary actions is the police officer facing responsible for the mistaken release of Rodgers.


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