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Search underway for inmate accidentally released from St. Ann Jail Monday

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Jemayle Johnson, 32, escaped from the St. Ann Jail around 11:30 p.m., police said Jemayle Johnson, 32, escaped from the St. Ann Jail around 11:30 p.m., police said
ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A search is underway in St. Ann for a man who was accidentally released from police custody Monday night.

Jemayle Johnson, 32, pretended to be another inmate in order to be released from the St. Ann Jail around 10:30 p.m., police said.

According to Officer Elliott Miller, a corrections officer, who works for the city but is not a full police officer, entered Johnson's cell and told another inmate he was released. The other inmate was sleeping and Johnson identified himself as the to-be-released inmate.

The officer did not compare Johnson's photograph to the inmate he was trying to release before letting Johnson leave.

According to Officer Miller, the corrections officer “did not follow procedures to ensure it is the right person.”

Officer Miller said the procedure should include comparing booking photos and physical descriptions before releasing an inmate.

Officer Miller stated the incident was a “human error” and the corrections officer “made a mistake” by releasing Johnson.

Johnson was arrested around 4:00 a.m. Monday for felonies for probation and parole for drug charges.

According to police, Johnson has no violence in his background. 
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