Richmond County searches for inmate mistakenly let out of jail

Roberts

The teenager who was mistakenly let out of the Richmond County detention center early Saturday morning was in jail for the second time for the same offense, records say.

At 12:52 a.m., Devontae Romeo Roberts, 19, was released from jail by mistake. The details on what happened are still being investigated, but Sheriff Ronnie Strength said it was “human error.”

Roberts was arrested Dec. 18 in connection with an armed robbery of the Family Dollar on Deans Bridge Road, according to sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser.

The county Web site says Roberts committed a previous armed robbery in August 2009.

The Augusta Chronicle reported then that he turned himself in, in connection with the robbery of La Nay Nay’s Barber Shop at 2919 Peach Orchard Road in September 2009, when he was 16, and faced two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

According to a police report, two men entered the barber shop Aug. 27, and one was carrying a black shotgun. They demanded money and shot into the wall.

The county said Roberts spent 17 months in confinement. In January 2011, he was credited for time served and sentenced to eight years, seven months on probation.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding Roberts.

Anyone with information is asked to call (706) 821-1080.

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