Mistakenly-released prisoner recaptured in Georgetown

Photo Courtesy of the Georgetown Times
Photo Courtesy of the Georgetown Times

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF/AP) – A prisoner that was mistakenly released from a state prison in Columbia last week was recaptured in Georgetown Tuesday night.

Dwaine Johnson Jr., 19, was arrested by state and local officials Tuesday night at a residence in the 1800 block of Prince Street, according to an update on the Georgetown Police Department Facebook page.

Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom says Dwaine Johnson Jr. was serving a six-month sentence for throwing bodily fluids on a detention officer when he was released Wednesday from the Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Center.

Newsom says Johnson was supposed to be in state prison until October, and then he was to be released to Georgetown County officials.

Johnson Jr. is accused in of being involved in the shooting of the two owners of Szechuan Restaurant on Highmarket Street in Georgetown in August 2011, and he may be armed and dangerous.

Newsom says Corrections Department officials are investigating what led to Johnson's mistaken release.

The U.S. Marshal's Service, SLED, Probation and Parole, the SC Department of Corrections, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the Georgetown Police Department all worked together to recapture Johnson, the Facebook update states.

Officials state that Georgetown Police Chief Paul Gardner wanted to thank those agencies that assisted in capturing Johnson and offer a " Job well done."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.