New York City police are looking for a murder suspect released from jail by mistake, officials confirmed to FrontPageDetectives.
Christopher Buggs was released from the Otis Bantum Correctional Center on Rikers Island on March 9. Police are trying to find him and returned him to custody.
"We are aware of this incident and a full investigation into how this happened is underway. Right now we are working with our law enforcement partners to return this individual to custody," NYC Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne said.
Buggs' release is the second time in the span of a few hours that a murder suspect was released by mistake in a large U.S. city. In Los Angeles, a person awaiting trial for homicide was also released after a system error. Police in California are still searching for that suspect.
Buggs was initially arrested in connection to a shooting in 2018 in Brooklyn that left Ernest Brownlee dead outside a bodega on Throop Avenue, according to the New York Post
While awaiting trial on the murder charges, a judge recently sentenced Buggs to time served on an unrelated charge.
Mayor Bill De Blasio called the situation "frustrating" and vowed to make sure a similar situation never happens. He said the suspect's release was based on a court order, but he should have remained behind bars.
"We’re going to put additional safeguards in place to make sure this never happens again. It’s very frustrating,” he said. “It was based on a court order, but it was apparently one case that this inmate had connected to him, but there were other charges obviously as well that should’ve meant he remained incarcerated. So we’re going to get a full review of this immediately, make whatever changes we have to. In the meantime, we have a high level of confidence that he will be re-apprehended shortly.”