‘Dangerous’ federal fugitive actually released from jail day sooner than reported

MARYVILLE — A federal inmate considered “armed and extremely dangerous” was actually released Wednesday from a Blount County jail instead of Thursday as officials originally reported.

A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement officers continues today to hunt for Dewyatt Allen Hill, 55, who was sentenced to 75 years in prison for “takeover” style robberies of pharmacies in the Knoxville area.

Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said in a new release this afternoon that an earlier report from her that he was released Thursday was a “mix-up.”

Hill was being held on state charges in the Blount County Detention Facility, according to a news release from Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

Blount County Sheriff Jim Berrong and O’Briant have not responded today to multiple calls seeking information on Hill’s release.

O’Briant at 10:30 a.m. sent out a notice that Berrong is not responding to queries today about Hill’s release.

“Sheriff Berrong added that after Hill is back in custody, the Sheriff’s Office will investigate how and why he was released from custody,” O’Briant said in this morning’s statement.



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