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ICSO: Inmate mistakenly released from Imperial County Jail

Murder suspect remains at large - News 11's Wiley Jawhary reports

IMPERIAL, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The Imperial County Sheriff's Office (ICSO) says a murder suspect accused of murder walked out of the Imperial County Jail on Friday after corrections officers mistakenly released him.

ICSO says jailers mistook 21-year-old Athan Emmanuel Estrada for another inmate.

Estrada is accused of fatally shooting Pablo Dominguez at the Crown Motel in El Centro on June 7. The victim's brother says his family found out about his escape through social media.

 “That’s what's upsetting no one really gave us the call, we want our answers, it was just on social media, it was shared on social media no one really gave us a call,” Jorge Munoz, the victim's brother said.

Munoz says that the person who was supposed to be released reached out to them on Facebook. He also has the last name 'Estrada'. That individual was released later that day.

The Sheriff's office saying that this was a mistake and that an administrative investigation is underway.

“We want to know what really happened, is he out here, is he near our house,” Munoz said.

We did reach out to ICSO to find out how this transpired but we have yet to hear further comment.

ICSO says it's investigating what led to this mistake. More importantly, they're warning the public not to approach Estrada if they see him, but rather to call local police. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

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Wiley Jawhary

Wiley Jawhary is from Orange County California. He joined KYMA/KSWT in April of 2021.

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