Thomasville man mistakenly released from jail

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — A Thomasville man is back in jail after authorities said he was mistakenly released from the Davidson County Detention Center.

The Lexington Dispatch reported that 36-year-old Roland Monroe Thompson Jr. was released Friday night, but turned himself in the following morning.

The suspect was jailed Thursday after deputies said he used counterfeit money to buy a laptop computer and tablet from Walmart earlier that week.

The suspect was released as detention officers were releasing another man with his same last name and first initial, authorities said.

A detention officer misheard and got the wrong Thompson, and the suspect proceeded to leave, officials said.

Detention officers immediately realized their mistake and authorities spent the night looking for him, according to the paper. They reportedly found him, but lost him during a chase somewhere in the Lexington City Cemetery.

Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said the detention officers who mistakenly released the suspect will be disciplined, but did not say how.

“They have a checklist. The officers messed up and didn’t follow the checklist,” Grice said, according to the paper.

Thompson was jailed Monday on new charges of escaping jail and felony common law forgery. He is accused of forging the other Thompson’s name to get out.

The suspect received a $35,000 secured bond and has court planned for Oct. 31.

Source: The Lexington Dispatch

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