Mistakenly Released Chicago Murder Suspect Arrested In Georgia

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man who was erroneously released from custody last week was captured Friday night in Georgia.

Garrett Glover, 29, was found asleep in the apartment of a relative’s girlfriend in Lithonia, Georgia, according to Cara Smith, who’s with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Glover had been on the run for one week.

Nicole Wilson with the Illinois Department of Corrections says he was taken into custody without incident.

“It feels good to know that someone who has been accused of killing someone is off the streets,” she said. “We are thankful for the work of the U.S. Marshals Service and ready to move beyond this.”

The Illinois Department of Corrections released Glover by mistake on Friday, February 24, but did not realize this error until that following Monday.

“The Illinois Department of Corrections is, and has always been, confident that he would always be back in custody. And I am pleased we were able to do that within a reasonable amount of time,” Wilson said.

Here’s the breakdown of exactly how it happened:

Glover spent time behind bars for attempted armed robbery. He was taken to the IDOC Intake Center in Stateville, but employees there determined he served the necessary time in Cook County for the crime. Glover was supposed to be returned to Cook County to face charges in connection with a deadly shooting of a 25-year-old man on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

This mistake prompted significant policy changes.

“We are no longer going to send anyone to IDOC who has an open case,” Smith said. “Glover had an open case and should never have been released by IDOC, so we stopped that practice effective Monday evening.”

And the IDOC says they are open to the new policy to ensure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.

It’s unclear when Glover will be extradited back to Illinois, but the Cook County Sheriff’s Office says once back, he’ll be facing additional charges for escaping and not complying with his parole terms.

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