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Authorities: Cook County Jail Inmate Switched Identities With Another Inmate, Was Released From Jail While Wearing Mask

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A Cook County Jail inmate switched identities with another inmate and was wrongfully released while wearing a face mask this past weekend, the Sheriff's office said.

On Saturday, Quintin Henderson, 28, was scheduled to be released from custody on an I-bond for a drug charge, when he gave his identity to another inmate, Jahquez Scott, for a promise of $1,000, the Sheriff's office said.

Scott, 21, was wearing a mask when he used Henderson's full name and personal information to pose as Henderson and leave jail on the I-bond, the Sheriff's office said.

The Cook County Sheriff's office was ordered by a federal judge to provide face masks for all inmates who are quarantined for any reason amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Scott had originally had a $50,000-D bond for unlawful use of a weapon, and was going to be placed on electronic monitoring if he made bond, the Sheriff's office said.

Jahquez Scott
Jahquez Scott (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's office)

Jail staff learned that something was not right when the real Henderson came to provide information for his discharge and his paperwork was missing, the Sheriff's office said.

An internal investigation was under way Tuesday evening, and authorities were searching for Scott – who has a record for aggravated battery to a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, and criminal trespass to land.

Meanwhile, Henderson is not leaving jail. Now accused of assisting another inmate by allowing Scott to use his identity, Henderson's bond was set at $25,000-D at a bond hearing Tuesday on charges of aiding escape, and was ordered held without bond on charges of violating his bail bond on his original narcotics case, the Sheriff's office said.

Quintin Henderson
Quintin Henderson (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's office)

Anyone with information about Scott's whereabouts is asked to call (773) 674-8477.

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