Inmate from PRJ at large, ‘wanted for escape’

Published 10:41 am Wednesday, July 25, 2018

An inmate was wanted and remained at large Wednesday following what was described by officials as being “wanted for escape” and “inadvertently released” from Piedmont Regional Jail (PRJ) Tuesday morning.

Demetrius A. Johnson

A notice from the U.S. Marshal Service cited that Demetrius A. Johnson, 37, of the District of Columbia, is “wanted for escape and should be considered dangerous.”

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The notice describes Johnson as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches, 300 pounds, with brown eyes, a tattoo on his right arm and a tattoo on his neck.

PRJ Superintendent Jim Davis confirmed the escape of the federal inmate Wednesday morning.

“(Tuesday), at approximately 8:30 (a.m.), a federal inmate was inadvertently released,” Davis said. “It’s under investigation internally and by the U.S. Marshal Service.”

Davis said the inmate is under federal charges. He said PRJ holds some inmates for the U.S. Marshal Service.

This is a developing story. Stay with The Herald for additional information.