Clark County Jail Inmate erroneously released after switching identity with other inmate
Escaped inmate: JOHNSON, Michael Diontae DOB 03/31/1986 African American Male; 5'-04" 140 lbs. Black hair, Brown eyes - resident of Portland, Oregon
An inmate at the Clark County Jail escaped from custody at approximately 8:30 AM today. Michael Diontae Johnson, 30, switched identities with another inmate who was scheduled to be released today. His escape was detected a few hours later during a scheduled meal and headcount.
"I can't comment on the manner in which Johnson switched identities with the other inmate," Undersheriff Mike Cooke said. "I can say, however, that this escape required prior planning and the active cooperation of the second inmate."
Johnson was in custody pending trial on charges of harassment, assault, intimidating a witness, and bail jumping. He was previously convicted of kidnapping and assault in Arizona and had been serving a prison sentence on those charges when he was brought to Clark County to stand trial for the local charges.
"We are approximately six weeks away from implementing a biometrics screening tool which would have prevented this type of escape," said jail chief Ric Bishop.
After installation, the biometric screening tool will collect fingerprints when an inmate is booked into the jail and then will match that fingerprint before the inmate is released.
Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff's Office and the United States Marshal's Service are currently investigating the escape and actively searching for Johnson. The public is cautioned to not approach and immediately call 911 if Johnson is sighted.