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Dallas Inmates Mistakenly Released Commit Violent Crime Days Later

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 09:59 AM CDT

Lavatray Polk and another suspect were arrested a week ago by Dallas Police, accused of breaking into a car. Their cases were tied up in the department's transition to a new computer system. Because of that, the cases were never assigned to a detective and never filed with the district attorney's office. So three days later, the jail was forced to release both suspects.

Then Sunday, Miguel Casas was leaving work when he says Polk and another man confronted him in Downtown Dallas, demanding his cell phone. Casas said Polk threatened him with a large knife. He says he thought they were going to stab and kill him. He says they should've never been on the street.

Dallas Police blame similar issues with the computer system for the unintended release of more than 20 inmates so far this month. "It's wrong letting people like that out, free, around the rest of us who are just working or hanging out," said Casas in Spanish.

After the two men got away with his phone, Casas says he followed them and flagged down a police officer, who arrested Polk. The second suspect is still at large.

The local president of the fraternal order of police told the Dallas CBS affiliate, "it's a shame it happened. We've got a system now that's not easier or more efficient. It's more complicated."

The department though says the new computer system will be big improvement from what they had, once they get past this difficult transition period.


Photos from the Dallas Police Department

Dallas Inmates Mistakenly Released Commit Violent Crime Days Later

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