Inmate switches identities, escapes from Clark County jail; Michael Diontae Johnson was awaiting trial for harassment, assault, other crimes

Michael Diontae Johnson

A Clark County Jail inmate escaped from custody Thursday by swapping identities with another inmate scheduled to be released that day, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Diontae Johnson, 30, had been transferred to Clark County from a prison in Arizona, where he’d been serving a 24-year sentence for kidnapping and aggravated assault, in order to stand trial on multiple charges in a local domestic violence case, according to the sheriff’s office and the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Johnson was released about 8:30 a.m. The jail’s mistake came to light a few hours later during a scheduled meal and head count, the sheriff’s office said.

Undersheriff Mike Cooke said in a news release he couldn’t comment on how Johnson switched identities.

“I can say, however, that this escape required prior planning and the active cooperation of the second inmate,” Cooke said.

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