PORTLAND, Maine – Maine police are searching for a maximum-security inmate who was mistakenly released from the county jail.
The confusion occurred Wednesday at the Cumberland County jail when someone arrived to bail out 20-year-old Ismail Mohamed Awad, whose bail had been set at $240.
The Portland Press Herald reports that a correctional officer asked that "Ismail" be brought to the front. Officers brought forward 23-year-old Ahmed Hussein Ismail and released him. He had been charged with robbery and aggravated reckless conduct with a gun.
Sheriff Mark Dion couldn't explain why Ismail's yellow jumpsuit, worn to indicate a maximum-security prisoner, didn't alert officers that he shouldn't be released.
Police have been looking for Ismail since Wednesday. They say he should be considered dangerous.