Inmate released in error, search underway

Published 4:50 pm Monday, June 24, 2024

A Department of Corrections inmate was inadvertently released from custody nearly two weeks ago and law enforcement are searching for his whereabouts.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kayla Vincent said inmate Xavier L. Johnwell, 31, of Lake Charles, was released on June 12 after returning from East Carroll Parish.

“Johnwell had returned to the Calcasieu Correctional Center from East Carroll Parish, where he was serving time, for a court appearance when he was released in error by CPSO Correctional deputies,” Vincent said.

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“Following his release, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately began an investigation and has been actively pursuing several leads in an effort to locate Johnwell,” she said.

CPSO is asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to call 491-3605.

Johnwell was serving time for charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal carrying of weapons, second offense.