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Man Mistakenly Released From Philly Prison Remains At Large

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A paperwork foul-up in the Philadelphia Prison System allowed a man to go free last month — although he actually showed up for a court hearing Monday in a separate case, only to disappear when a judge questioned why he wasn’t still behind bars.

Now, the Philadelphia Prison System and the pre-trial warrants unit are looking for 21-year-old Shamir Robinson of the 2900 block of Lambert Street in the city’s Nicetown section.

Authorities say Robinson showed up Monday for a hearing on a 2009 robbery case, but when the judge questioned his attorney as to why Robinson wasn’t in custody, court officials say the man simply disappeared from the courtroom.

Prison system spokesman Bob Eskind says a paperwork error going back to June resulted in the mix-up that allowed Robinson to go free last month in a separate 2010 case.

But what’s left, Eskind says, is the unresolved 2009 case for which he should still be in custody.

“We’re hoping that he comes in, that he surrenders himself to the bench warrant unit,” Eskind told KYW Newsradio on Tuesday. “There’s open matters that need to be resolved. He’s charged with robbery and aggravated assault.”

Eskind says the accidental release of Robinson is being reviewed by the system’s Office of Professional Compliance.

Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • t. corsanico

    Could this man be the KENSINGTON STRANGLER? He looks like the composite drawing. I think the police should show his photo to the surviving rape victims to I.D.

  • Alec

    Great, just great. We’ll all be nice and safe since Ed Rendell signed the Castle Doctrine….oh wait….that’s right. When this guy is climbing in your window simply call the police and they’ll help you.

    Thanks Ed, thanks Michael Nutter, thank you John Street you’ve done so much to help Pennsylvania.

  • Tracey

    I work for those fools, keep on running !!!!

    • JustMe


  • JustMe

    This happens on a regular basis now. They just keep letting these criminals out and do they REALLY expect them to just walk back in and turn themselves in? I think they’re doing it on purpose to ‘thin out’ the population, like they do the animals. It’s crazy. I hope they catch up with him soon. I mean, really, they didn’t expect him to stick around after court, did they? Idiots. He should have been apprehended right there in court.

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