Police are looking for a prisoner who they say gave jailers the slip in Brooklyn Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday. Layquan Johnson, 22, was in court at 10:15 p.m. and court Correction Department staffers released him after he gave them "false information," according to the NYPD.
Jail records show that Johnson was arrested on December 16th on robbery and shooting charges, and held at Rikers Island on $255,000 bail. He had a court date set for June 16th.
A Correction Department spokeswoman wouldn't answer questions about what specifically Johnson said to get himself let go, but she said that the captain responsible for the release has been suspended. She refused to say whether or not the captain was still being paid.
"Any erroneous release is unacceptable and this incident is under investigation," she said.
Police describe Johnson as 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark pants, and light sneakers.
Police ask people with information about Johnson's whereabouts to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477, or for Spanish (888) 577-4782. People can also submit tips online here or by texting them to 274637 and entering "TIP577".