CAPTURED: $1,000 reward for inmate released by mistake

UPDATE (5:35 p.m.) – According to the Michigan Department of Corrections Johnny Rodgers has been captured. Detroit Police Chief James Craig tells WXYZ-TV that Johnny Rodgers was caught Thursday in northwest Detroit.

Craig says Rodgers was under surveillance by state corrections personnel, who called city police to make the arrest.

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.

UPDATE (1:46 p.m.): Authorities are offering $1,000 in cash for information that leads to the capture of a prisoner.

Johnny Rodgers didn’t exactly escape, though. He was mistakenly released from the Oakland County Jail on Wednesday after a court hearing.

Rodgers is 6 feet tall and about 187 pounds with tattoos on his arms, face, neck and chest. He is serving a seven to 15 year sentence for assault with intent to commit murder, armed robbery and felony firearms.

The 25-year-old was last seen in the area of 7 Mile Road and Livernois Ave. He is wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and Timberland boots.

He’s considered dangerous, so do not approach him if you see him.

If you see him, call 911, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office at 1-888-TURN-1-IN, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.


ORIGINAL STORY (10:54 a.m.): Authorities are searching for a prison inmate after he was mistakenly released from a suburban Detroit jail.

Johnny Rodgers was in a Jackson-area prison for attempted murder and other crimes. But the Corrections Department says he was mistakenly released from the Oakland County jail after a court appearance Wednesday.

Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz says the state wasn’t notified for about three hours. He says anyone who sees the 25-year-old Rodgers should call 911 and not approach him.

Rodgers was sentenced to at least seven years in prison last November. It wasn’t immediately clear why he was in an Oakland County court this week.

Rodgers has a tattoo on his right arm that says: “Live for everything die for nothing.”

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