DC killing suspect escapes by switching identities - KMOV.com

DC killing suspect escapes by switching identities

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a man charged with first-degree murder who allegedly swapped identities with another prisoner and walked out of a Washington courthouse.

U.S. Marshals spokesman David Neumann says officials are looking for 24-year-old James Brewer, a suspect in a fatal shooting in Washington in June. Neumann said authorities are still investigating how Brewer escaped Friday.

D.C. Superior Court records, however, say that before Brewer was called before a judge, he switched identification bracelets with a prisoner arrested on a drug charge. Brewer then apparently posed as the other person and was released because the charge, possession of PCP, is a misdemeanor.

Brewer is described as a black man, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, about 180 pounds with dreadlocks.

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