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Man who ran down bicyclists mistakenly released from Sacramento County Jail

Jonathan Jackson’s bike lies on the road after the 17-year-old cyclist was struck by a car. Alamar Cyril Houston is accused of deliberately striking a group of cyclists.
Jonathan Jackson’s bike lies on the road after the 17-year-old cyclist was struck by a car. Alamar Cyril Houston is accused of deliberately striking a group of cyclists. Sacramento

A state prison inmate who was mistakenly released from the Sacramento County Jail on Tuesday is being sought by state and local law enforcement authorities.

Alamar Houston, 40, was in Sacramento County Jail so he could attend court proceedings for vehicle theft and receiving stolen property, according to a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation news release. He was supposed to be returned to state custody after the court proceedings. Instead, when the court case was dismissed, he was mistakenly released by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

A Yolo County jury had already convicted Houston of multiple felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run causing injury, vehicle theft and reckless evasion from law enforcement officers. The charges stemmed from a daylong crime spree in 2015, when he drove a stolen vehicle into bicyclists on South River Road near West Sacramento.

He was sentenced in January to 35 years in state prison. He entered the state prison system on Jan. 12 and had been housed at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.

After his mistaken release, agents from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s special service unit and the Sheriff’s Department’s major crimes unit were immediately dispatched to locate and apprehend Houston, the news release said.

Houston is described as African American, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 262 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone who sees Houston or knows his whereabouts is asked to immediately call 911.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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