Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Rikers Island

A murder suspect was accidentally released from Rikers Island, and now police are trying to track him down; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: A murder suspect is accidentally released from Rikers Island.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: And now police are trying to track him down. CBS 2's Alice Gainer-- excuse me-- live in East Elmhurst, Queens with the latest on this story, Alice.

ALICE GAINER: Kristine and Maurice, this detainee was released two days ago due to a clerical error. Now, the Joint Fugitive Task Force-- made up of US marshals and NYPD officers-- is trying to track him down. We're going to show you his picture. All patrol cars have this picture right now. Officers are being told to be on the lookout, and he could be armed and dangerous is what they're saying. He is 26-year-old Christopher Buggs. He's been locked up at Rikers here since 2018 on murder and weapons charges. He was awaiting trial. He's described as about 5'5", 160 pounds. The mayor confirmed this morning that he was sentenced to time served on another case, but that got mixed up with the murder case, and he was accidentally released.

BILL DE BLASIO: This is being fully investigated right now. We're going to put additional safeguards in place to make sure this never happens again. It's very frustrating. 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 have 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 apprehended shortly.

ALICE GAINER: Surrounding jurisdictions have been notified as well. If you see him, do not approach him. Call police. Live in East Elmhurst, Queens, Alice Gainer, CBS 2 News.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: All right, Alice. Thank you.