Home Invasion Suspect Mistakenly Released

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA A suspect in an Atlanta-area home invasion was mistakenly released after being taken to two other counties to face other charges.

Michael Antonio Priest faces aggravated assault and robbery charges in a 2009 incident in which the victim was tied up and pistol-whipped.

DeKalb County District Attorney's office spokesman Erik Burton says Priest was being held there but was taken to Atlanta in October to face charges there.

From there, Priest was taken to Clayton County to face a minor charge. Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough says a judge dismissed that case so he was released because no one had placed a hold on him.

A judge later issued an arrest warrant for Priest when DeKalb County prosecutors found out he wasn't in jail and a DeKalb County Police spokesman says he was re-arrested last week.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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