Crime - Sacto 911

Mistakenly released Sacramento County Jail inmate recaptured

Alamar Houston
Alamar Houston California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

A state prison inmate who was mistakenly released from the Sacramento County Jail has been recaptured.

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 Tuesday by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Houston was found at 12:15 a.m. Thursday in Sacramento and apprehended by state corrections agents. He was returned to Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy.

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 Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department's major crimes unit were immediately dispatched to find and apprehend Houston, the news release said.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews