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Guilford County jail inmate accidentally released after clerical error

Dathan Marque Abney

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County authorities are searching for a man who was released from custody due to a clerical error, according to a press release.

On Feb. 28, High Point Detention Center staff released 37-year-old Dathan Marque Abney from custody based on orders from the Guilford County Clerk of Court’s office.

About 24 hours later, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office learned on March 1 that Abney’s release was an error.

Clerk of Guilford County Superior Court Lisa Johnson-Tonkins says her office immediately went to a judge to get an order for arrest as soon as they realized the mistake had been made.

Johnson-Tonkins says “The situation has been investigated and the appropriate action has been taken.” She would not elaborate as to what potential disciplinary action was taken against this particular clerk of court, as it is a personnel issue.

Abney had been serving an active service for possession of a firearm by felon.

Major Chuck Williamson with Guilford County Sheriff’s Office says they have information that indicates Abney could be in the Winston-Salem area, and his team is coordinating with both Winston-Salem and High Point Police Departments.

Anyone with information about Abney’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 641-3690.