Police Free Maryland Sex Assault Suspect By Mistake

A man suspected of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl is back on the loose after police mistakenly released him from custody.

Prince George's County police say that 27-year-old John Henri Palmont was accidentally let go Friday night. Palmont was arrested Thursday for the Aug. 3 assault in the Capitol Heights area, where he is also from.

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Police say that the suspect knocked on the victim's door that afternoon and asked to use the telephone. The girl let him in, and then he displayed a handgun before sexually assaulting her.

Palmont's whereabouts are currently unknown.