UPDATE: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Authorities have recaptured a convicted murderer mistakenly released after a Chicago court appearance on drug and armed violence charges.
The Cook County Sheriff's Department says Steven L. Robbins of Indiana was recaptured late Friday night in Kankakee, Ill. Officials received various leads and interviewed family and friends in helping to coordinate his capture.
Robbins was serving a 60-year sentence in Indiana when he was brought to Cook County Circuit Court to face charges prosecutors later said were dismissed in 2007. After appearing before a judge, the 44-year-old Robbins was taken to Cook County Jail and was released hours later. A clerical error is suspected in the mix-up.
Robbins was convicted of killing a man who intervened in an argument between Robbins and his wife outside an Indianapolis birthday party.
UPDATE: Friday, February 1, 2013
An Illinois sheriff says his office takes responsibility for wrongfully releasing a convicted murderer from Indiana who was in Chicago for a court appearance.
Federal and state officials in Illinois and Indiana are on a manhunt for 44-year-old Steven Robbins. He was mistakenly released Wednesday.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his office lost paperwork in Robbins' file that would have directed jail employees to send him back to Indiana. Robbins was in Cook County on drug and armed violence charges.
Dart said Friday that his office "made mistakes" and will find out exactly what went wrong. He says his office shouldn't have let Robbins go while in its custody.
Dart says officers have been close to recapturing Robbins and there have been sightings of the Gary, Ind., native.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Police in Indiana and Illinois are hunting for a convicted murderer who was mistakenly released from custody in Chicago.
Authorities in Cook County said Thursday that they're investigating how and why 44-year-old Steven L. Robbins was released.
Robbins was serving a 60-year sentence for murder and weapons charges in Indiana when he was sent to Chicago on Tuesday to face a drug charge. Indiana officials say the drug charge was dropped and Illinois authorities released Robbins without returning him to Indiana.
Warrants for the Gary, Ind., native's arrest have been issued in both states. Authorities in neither state have said why Robbins was released, but they are asking for the public's help to catch him.