BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A convicted killer who was accidentally released from Dixon Correctional Center on September 26th got a surprise at his Atlanta hotel room door on Friday morning. U.S. Deputy Marshals had found him and took him back into custody.
On the run for six days, authorities said Benjuiel Johnson, made it all the way to Atlanta, Ga.
Pam Laborde with the Louisiana Department of Corrections said as soon as authorities realized he was accidentally released, they pooled local, state and federal authorities to cast a wide net to find him.
"Obviously when someone is being wanted they will go where ever they think they can go in order to get away from authorities," Laborde said.
U.S. Marshals said they found him at a Motel 6 in Norcross, a suburb of Atlanta. They said when deputies opened the door, Johnson was "very shocked" to see them. They are now working out the details of his travels.
U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Louisiana, Kevin Harrison, said investigators believe Johnson had a little help while he was on the run.
"He knew there were people we were interviewing during the time frame it took us to find him, and obviously were in contact with them and had made him aware of the fact that we were in close pursuit of him," Harrison said.
At the DOC, investigators are following a paper trial to determine what could have prevented the mistake made by the worker they said is responsible for the error that resulted in Johnson's accidental release.
"What we do is we look at their rap sheet and there was indication in there that the records analyst should have known to go ahead and check with Iberville. She should have done that and she didn't," Laborde said.
Authorities said the worker will be disciplined. Meanwhile, the DOC is making accommodations for Johnson's return from his short stay at the Motel 6.
"The DOC here, from what I heard from them, they are going to leave the light on for him here," Harrison said.
"Rest assured he will not be able to get out," Laborde said.
Johnson is set to be brought back to Louisiana sometime next week. No word yet on whether he will face charges in connection to his release.