Inmate accidentally released from LA detention center; manhunt under way


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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