Manhunt for violent inmate mistakenly released from Michigan prison

Johnny Rodgers.

Johnny Rodgers.  (Michigan Department of Corrections)

Police in Pontiac, Michigan are asking the public to be on alert after they say a violent inmate was mistakenly released from prison Wednesday night.

Authorities have identified the inmate as Johnny Rodgers. He is currently wanted by the U.S. Marshals, FBI and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

He had been jailed for charges of assault with intent to commit murder, armed robbery and for weapons - felony firearms. He was sentenced in November of 2015 and the crimes had been committed in December of 2014, according to MDOC records. 

His earliest release date is listed as August, 29, 2024. 

Rodgers is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 187 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes and is 25 years old. MDOC records lists that he has the following identifying tattoos: 

  • Tattoo- Center Right Forearm - live for everything die for nothing
  • Tattoo- Face
  • Tattoo- Front Left Forearm - guy
  • Tattoo- Front Neck - CREAM, star
  • Tattoo- Front Right Forearm - COD, only the strong survive
  • Tattoo- Front Right Hand - loyalty
  • Tattoo- Upper Chest - face
  • Tattoo- Upper Right Arm - pharaoh, heart

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office says Rodgers was sentenced yesterday in 6th Circuit Court for carrying a concealed weapon and for carrying a weapon in a school zone. Rather than being sent to MDOC, he was released in error.

A deputy in the booking section apparently missed the MDOC detainer, the sheriff's office says. An internal investigation has been launched.

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