Authorities in Russell County are searching for an inmate who was inadvertently released from the jail Tuesday, Sheriff Heath Taylor said today.
Cimarron Lamb had just been arrested as the alleged getaway driver in connection with the robbery last week of the Rainbow Foods in Fort Mitchell, Ala. A jail official said Lamb had not yet been booked into the jail, and he apparently had been detained in a holding cell with three inmates about to be released when the oversight occurred.
"What happened was a mistake on our employees' part," Taylor said. "We had three inmates being released for time served and Lamb was in the same holding cell as them three. When it was time for those guys to be released, Lamb walked out with them and my officer didn't realize he wasn't supposed to be in the group."
Taylor said he thinks Lamb took off running "as soon as he hit the free air" because officials "immediately started searching and he was not in the area."
"I am dealing with my employees," Taylor added, "and I anticipate suspensions and possible termination over the next few days."
Taylor said Lamb on Oct. 22 dropped off Robert J. Gary and Nakavius D. Gary to rob the grocery store. "He dropped them off and we caught them prior to them being picked back up," the sheriff said.
The Garys, cousins from Smiths Station, Ala., were found shortly after the robbery under a nearby bridge.
Taylor said Lamb also was to be charged in connection with a stalking case worked by Phenix City police.
Call 334-298-6535 to report information about Lamb's whereabouts.