A WWAY exclusive interview with Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram answered questions as to how one jail inmate was mistakenly released on Sunday. This mix-up has led to an internal investigation of the detention officer, as well as another investigation looking another inmate's involvement in the escape. Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar was released from the Brunswick County jail Sunday, and a little too early. The detention officer who checked him out, failed to properly check his identification. Rodriguez-Aguilar still had time left on his sentence. "We do have human beings working here, so any time human error comes into play, there is the chance of this happening,” Sheriff Ingram said. Officials also say Rodriguez-Aguilar may have stolen the identity of another inmate, Tony Torres. Pictures are just one of many forms of photo identification officers have for each inmate. When released, detention officers have to check each form. "With technology, you will eventually and inevitably have problems, and we know that, and that's why we have redundancies built into our system to ensure that,” Ingram said. Inmates wear a nametag with their picture. Their personal belonging bag also has their picture on it. In this case, the Sheriff says someone just wasn't paying attention and as a result, an inmate is roaming the streets as opposed to paying his dues behind bars. "I think one is too many, and we believe that, and that one can be a dangerous individual,” Ingram said. Authorities are still looking for the missing inmate. They believe Rodriguez-Aguilar may be in northern Brunswick County or New Hanover. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 800-642-6379.
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