Inmate escapes Santa Cruz Co. Jail by mistake of staff

Inmate Jesse Warren Parsons posed as another man due for release from the Santa Cruz County Jail and was set free after jail staff failed to follow proper procedure.
March 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An inmate who posed as another man due for release from the Santa Cruz County Jail was set free today after jail staff failed to follow proper procedure, according to the sheriff's office.

Jail staff did not confirm the identity of Jesse Warren Parsons, 35, when he posed as another inmate who has a similar name and physical description and released him, sheriff's officials said.

Parsons was arrested by Santa Cruz police on March 20 for several outstanding warrants, sheriff's officials said. His criminal history includes trespassing, petty theft, substance abuse, resisting arrest and domestic violence.

He was last seen walking away from the jail facility at 259 Water St. toward the San Lorenzo River area. He is known to frequent campsites on the west side of Santa Cruz, sheriff's officials said.

He is described as standing 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with brown hair, hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a red plaid long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

Anyone who sees Parsons has been asked to call 911.


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