An LA murder suspect has been unwittingly freed from jail, and in now on the loose, local authorities have recently announced.
37-year old Steven Lawrence Wright had been apprehended by police in April 2011, being considered a primary suspect in the fatal shooting of a 47-year old man, an incident which had occurred 3 months before in Pasadena, California.
Wright had been known as a key member of the Altadena Blocc Crips, a mainly African-American street gang based close to Fair Oaks Avenue, in western Altadena, California.
Apparently, the homicide had also been gang-related, and Wright had been believed to be behind the shooting, but court proceedings were still unfolding, ever since the 2011 arrest.
Everything took a strange turn on Saturday, January 30, at approximately 12:55 p.m., when Wright was set free from jail by mistake. According to Commander Keith Swensson, a representative of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect’s “erroneous release” was triggered by a mistake committed by office staff.
While reviewing Wright’s court documents, the assistants failed to notice information related to the homicide charge which was written on a separate page, and believed that the prisoner had had to endure just 5 days of imprisonment, after being found guilty of contempt of court.
Given that that sentence had already been served, Wright was allowed to leave the Inmate Reception Center and to be free as a bird with no questions asked.
Even worse, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department only discovered the grave blunder the following day, at around 9:30 p.m., after over 32 hours had already passed since the LA murder suspect’s release from custody.
The announcement regarding the fact that an alleged criminal is now on the loose was finally made on Monday, February 1, when authorities declared that they would join forces with the Pasadena Police Department, leaving no stone unturned until Wright is finally arrested.
Representatives of the Los Angeles County Sheriff have also revealed that the department would update its current procedures and introduce much stricter guidelines, to ensure that no other prisoners will be unintentionally released from behind bars in the future, due to clerical errors and other preventable mistakes.
As officials have stated, given that Wright was affiliated with the Altadena Blocc Crips, it’s very likely that he is now armed, and even dangerous. As a result, if anyone encounters this LA murder suspect, they should under no circumstances try to approach him or apprehend him; instead, 911 dispatchers should be alerted immediately.
Also, people with relevant information which might assist law enforcement in discovering the wanted man’s whereabouts and in apprehending him once again should contact sheriff Jim McDonnell’s office at (213) 229-1700 or the Major Crimes Bureau of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, at (562) 946-7893.
Alternatively, Los Angeles Crime Stoppers could be alerted, either by calling (800) 222-tips (8477) or by submitting the tip to 274637 or CRIMES in a message preceded by the word “TIPLA”.
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