Nationwide Alert issued for inmate mistakenly released from Jefferson County Jail

GOLDEN, Colo. - Authorities have issued a nationwide alert for an inmate who was mistakenly released from the Jefferson County Jail Tuesday morning.

Damon Elliot Slayton, 41, was being held at the Jefferson County Jail for a parole violation when he was inadvertently released.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer told 7NEWS that an internal investigation is underway to determine how the mistake happened.

“Something failed within our process,” he said. “We have to find out what that was, whether it was human error or something with paperwork.”

When asked how dangerous Slayton is, Techmeyer replied, “I don’t know. The bottom line is that when a criminal who shoulld be behind bars is out in society, it’s something to be concerned about.”

Techmeyer says Slayton’s original charges were for theft, burglary and robbery.

Slayton is a black man, about 5-feet-10 inches tall and 160 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. He has tattoos of a snake and boxing gloves on his arms.

Techmeyer says investigators don’t believe there is any foul play involved in the early release. 

“We think a mistake was made,” Techmeyer said, “and he took advantage of that.”

He says the inmate knows he was released inadvertently.

“He was brought in on January 19 for the parole violation,” Techmeyer said. “On March 5, his parole was fully rescinded by DOC and he was advised of that."

When asked if Slayton is still likely in the metro area, Techmeyer said, “We don’t know.  The light rail station is right there (south of the Justice Center) and most of his history is here."

If you see Slayton, deputies say to call 911.

-- Inmate mistakenly released in Denver last week

The Denver Sheriff's Department had a similar incident just last week.

Deputies mistakenly released Sebastian Littlejohn, an inmate facing felony robbery charges. Denver Police caught Littlejohn the next day. The sheriff said that an inaccurate court order led to the release of Littlejohn. The Denver Sheriff's Department is still investigating what happened.

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