A man who escaped from jail after taking advantage of an identity mix-up was turned in by his wife less than two hours after he walked out.
A Colorado woman turned her husband into prison authorities merely hours after he managed a daring escape, posing as another prisoner who was awaiting release. Prison officials were left red-faced when they realized that they had let the wrong man walk out.
According to the Daily Mail, James Rynerson, 38, had been placed in custody for charges of trespassing, menacing, and disorderly conduct since late May. The officials at Mesa County Jail did not check his wristband before releasing him, and Rynerson even forged the other convict’s signature and walked out with his debit card, paperwork, and leather jacket.
The mix-up happened when the other inmate, a man by the name of Marvin March, 35, was moved to Rynerson’s cell temporarily as his own cell was undergoing some construction work. He was eventually moved back to his cell, but the change failed to immediately show up in jail records.
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March was due to be released the day of Rynerson’s escape, but instead of heading to his original cell, the prison officials went to Rynerson’s cell to fetch him. Seizing the opportunity, Rynerson emerged when March was called for release.
As Rynerson was being processed before his release, the deputy and the booking technician who processed his papers both failed to verify the name on his wristband with the name given in the documents, presenting Rynerson the perfect opportunity to escape.
The moment the prison authorities were alerted to their mistake was when March walked up to an official and inquired about his release. They realized that they had mixed the two up and that Rynerson had managed to walk out despite the high security in place.
The officials didn’t have to panic for long, as Rynerson’s newfound freedom was cut short by his own wife. He went back to the apartment she lived in, where she discovered to her surprise that her husband was in the garage of her complex.
Rynerson’s wife demanded an explanation from the hapless fugitive, who then proceeded to tell her the details of how he had managed to dupe the authorities and get out of prison. Rather than welcome him back with open arms, she drove him straight back to prison.
All in all, Rynerson’s escapade lasted barely two hours, for which he was rewarded with a number of new charges, including forgery, escape, theft, and criminal impersonation. Seems like the daring escapade amounted to nothing more than an interesting anecdote.