‘Armed and dangerous’ inmate mistakenly released from Richland County jail

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MANSFIELD, OH (WCMH) — Law enforcement agencies across Ohio are searching for an inmate that was mistakenly released from the Richland County Jail.

According to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, at bout 5:30pm, Sept. 4, Cornelius J. Phillips was released from the county jail by mistake. 

Video shows Phillips leaving the jail and heading south before he was seen being picked up by an individual driving a blue Hyundai Sonata. 

The United States Marshall Service, local law enforcement and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are working together to locate Phillips. 

A warrant has been issued for escape with the authority to arrest nationwide. 

Phillips should be considered armed and dangerous and deputies advised that if Phillips is spotted, people should call 911 immediately.

Phillips was originally was arrested in August by Mansfield police and incarcerated on charges of Possession of Drugs, Expired Operators License, Endangering Children and Falsification. 

An internal investigation on how Phillips was released early is being conducted, according to the sheriff’s office. 

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