Authorities said that an inmate from Washington State was released by mistake after impersonating the cellmate who was due to be released.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office reported that Brian Roman, 26 and his two cellmates, were sleeping in their shared cells when a corrections official called for an inmate who had been scheduled to be released Monday.
Roman recognized himself as the inmate when the officer said the name and he went along with the officer for the release from custody.
Officials said that the jail staff had noted that Roman’s physical characteristics were similar to those of the other inmate.
Roman signed documents using the false name of the other inmate, as he was released.
Roman is said to have received the clothing, keys, and wallet of the inmate, which contained identification, a debit card, and the wallet’s contents.
The sheriff’s department said that “Corrections Staff did not realize that the wrong inmate was released until the victim prisoner contacted them and inquired about his release date.”
Since then, police have been searching for Roman. According to authorities, Roman was last seen in a blue sweatshirt with hood, a black top, gray sweatpants, and brown slippers.
The Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office has issued a warrant to arrest Roman on charges of escape in the second degree, criminal impersonation in the first degree, forgery and two counts of theftin second and third degrees.