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Inmate accidentally released from LA detention center; manhunt under way

Johnny Mata, 32, was released from the Sheriff's Inmate Reception Center Thursday.
May 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An inmate with a pending murder charge was accidentally released from a downtown LA detention center.

Johnny Mata, 32, was released from the Sheriff's Inmate Reception Center on April 4, 2013. The Sheriff's Department says Mata should not have been released because of a murder charge filed by the District Attorney. A processing clerk had not yet entered it as a "hold" on Mata.

Mata was allegedly involved in a 2010 gang shooting in Baldwin Park.

Law enforcement throughout Los Angeles County is actively searching for Mata. He is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair, brown eyes, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 197 pounds.

Anyone with information on Mata's whereabouts is asked to call Sheriff's Homicide Detectives at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


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