A man mistakenly released Saturday night from the Bulloch County Jail was recaptured less than an hour after he was let go, according to a release from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Deontae Markeem Coker, awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to several felonies, was an inmate at the jail and was released around 7:45 p.m. under another inmate's name who had been granted a bond.
The Bulloch County Jail received a transfer bond from Henry County, Ga., for an inmate with the last name of Coker as well. Within minutes after Deontae Coker was released, the jail staff realized the situation and all deputies were advised of the escape.
With assistance from multiple agencies, deputies were able to capture and arrest Deontae Coker. Cpl. Ryan Norton and his K-9 Dutch responded to the area where Coker was last seen and was able to track him to a wooden shed where Coker was taken into custody without incident. He was captured within a quarter of a mile from the perimeter of the jail.
Sheriff Noel Brown said he would like to express his appreciation to the Statesboro Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resource, and the Georgia Southern University Police for their quick response and assistance in catching Coker.
Coker is being held in the jail with no bond and faces charges of escape, theft by taking and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.