Murder suspect walked out of jail by mistake. Weeks later, California police say they caught the man.

Source: Long Beach police; MEGA

Mar. 31 2021, Updated 11:12 p.m. ET

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Detectives have recaptured a murder suspect who was mistakenly released from jail in California earlier this month.

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Earlier this month, Steve Manzo was accidentally released from jail after a mix-up in paperwork, officials said. He was being held on a murder charge out of Long Beach but was allowed to walk out of a Los Angeles jail. 

The U.S. Marshals fugitive task force performed an exhaustive search throughout western states to find the Manzo, according to NBC Los Angeles.

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Investigators chased leads from across Southern California and Mexico until they finally tracked Manzo down at a motel in Orange County.


NBC Los Angeles reported police staked out the location for multiple days until Manzo was finally spotted and identified.

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Manzo was arrested during a traffic stop in Orange County Monday. He was taken into custody without incident, according to NBC Los Angeles.

Manzo was released from prison due to an administrative error. His charges were cancelled in order to settle a scheduling conflict, but were supposed to be immediately refiled.

Since he has been recaptured, Manzo is being held on $4.09 million bail, according to NBC Los Angeles. He now could face additional charges for the escape.


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