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Sheriff: Mistaken release of 'violent criminal' result of human error

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Authorities say the wrong release of a dangerous man from jail was the result of human error.

Johnny Rodgers, 25, was caught Thursday in northwest Detroit less than 24 hours after he was mistakenly released from the Oakland County Jail.  

Police saw the suspect leave a home and get into a vehicle in the 8000 block of Brace Street. Officers were able to make a traffic stop and take Rodgers into custody.

“Unfortunately, human error led to this individual being released,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “I am proud of my Fugitive Apprehension Team as well as the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and other involved agencies for their diligence in the capture of this violent criminal. The partnership we enjoy with the US Marshals is second to none.”

Rodgers was to be returned to the Corrections Department after appearing Wednesday in an Oakland County court. Instead, a jail officer released him.

He stopped briefly at his mother's home. She told authorities Wednesday night that Rodgers was released.

Rodgers was sentenced to at least seven years in prison last November after being convicted of attempted murder and other crimes in Wayne County. He was in an Oakland County court this week in a separate gun case.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has a double-verify system in place requiring two people to approve a release. An internal investigation is being conducted to find the cause of the error and to prevent another incident from happening again, police said. 

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