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Escapee Caught After Search for Wrong Man

May 14, 1987

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A jail inmate looking at a local newspaper spotted his own photo and read to his surprise that he was one of three prisoners who had escaped.

William Jackson told guards Wednesday he was still in the Essex County Jail Annex, and county officials realized they had been looking for the wrong man.

The real escapee, Willie Jackson, was caught Wednesday night, after authorities spent most of a day looking for William instead, authorities said. Two other inmates who also escaped Tuesday from the minimum security prison were still missing early today.

Sheriff Thomas J. D’Alessio said Wednesday that his office was told to release information to the public about the escape by the chief records clerk at the county jail. The clerk gave him William Jackson’s name and ID number.

The clerk said the jail annex incorrectly reported to him.

Willie Jackson, 29, of Newark, who was being held on drug charges, was captured a few doors from his home, according to county Police Director Patrick Linfante.

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