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Convicted murderer mistakenly released

steven-robbinsA man serving a sentence for murder has been “mistakenly released” from prison.

Police are searching for 44-year-old Steven Robbins who was serving a sentence in the Indiana Dept of Corrections for murder.

Officials are seeking the public’s help in finding Robbins.  The sheriff’s office describes Robbins a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 190 lbs.  He has a tattoo  on the right side of his neck that reads “Nicole.”

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He’s back in the custody of the Indiana Department of Correction and no longer Sherriff Tom Dart’s problem.

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More than 48 hours after Steven Robbins was allowed to walk out the front entrance of the Cook County Jail, authorities discovered him hiding out in Kankakee. The sheriff’s department received more than 100 tips that led them across the area.  But they knew they had their man when they saw a suspicious character walking into a home in the 400 block of Fraser Avenue just before 11:00 Friday night.

“Someone just went into the house carrying groceries with a wig on that fit the description.”

Robbins was wearing and wig and seemingly very comfortable in making himself at home with a man, woman, and two young children. They didn’t know he was a wanted murderer on the loose.

Robbins’ cousin, Dart says, was a friend of the residents. That cousin told them someone was trying to beat him up and that he needed to hide for a little while.

“He didn’t put up a struggle he was sitting in front of the TV watching a program was quite shocked to see us,” Sherriff Dart said.

Robbins was sipping from a bottle of Seagram’s– the wig, he had taken off.

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Dart said “He was telling me you don’t have to put cuffs, I’m not resisting, I was explaining that not only that that is what we do but he doesn’t have a really high credibility level.”

Robbins knew he was getting away with murder when he left the jail Wednesday– after a court date on a warrant issued when he skipped bail on a 1992 case in Cook County.  The judge ordered him released on that case only; he was serving a 60 year sentence for murder at a prison in Michigan City Indiana.

Dart blames a clerical error for the embarrassing and dangerous release– his office uses a paper system in tracking the movements of 1,500 inmates a day.

“This was an anomaly to occur but nonetheless would I like to have it changed God yes so this could not occur again,” Dart said.

The FBI, Marshals Service and Cook County Crime Stoppers are offering a combined reward of $12,000 for information that leads to the apprehension of a man who was accidentally released from Cook County Jail.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart took responsibility Friday for mistakenly letting a man serving 60 years in Indiana for murder walk out of County Jail after a local charge against him was dismissed.

“We let people down, no mistake about it,” Dart said, “Our office did not operate the way it should have clearly.”

Steven Robbins killed a man in 2002 after a fight at a party.

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Authorities say Robbins should be considered dangerous; he is 5’5” tall and has a tattoo on the right side of his neck with the word “Nicole,” the name of his ex-wife.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cook County’s tip line at 847-635-1188 or local law enforcement.

A convicted murderer from Indiana is on the loose because of some bad paperwork in Cook County.

Steven Robbins killed a man in 2002 after a fight at a party.

He isn’t eligible for parole for another 16 years; but Cook County had an old 1992 warrant for Robbins in a separate case.

He went to court Wednesday, and the charge was dropped; then he was sent back to the Cook County jail, and he was supposed to return to a prison in Indiana.

But someone forgot to add that information to his paperwork; and Wednesday evening he was mistakenly released from the jail.

Authorities say Robbins should be considered dangerous; he is 5’5” tall and has a tattoo on the right side of his neck with the word “Nicole,” the name of his ex-wife.

A simple mistake has a dangerous killer on the run in Chicagoland.

44-year-old Steven L Robbins was convicted of a 2002 murder in Indianapolis and was supposed to serve his sentence in a maximum-security prison in Indiana until 2029.

Robbins was shipped to Chicago for a circuit court hearing on two drug charges on Tuesday.  The charges were dropped and when they were, instead of being returned to Indiana to serve the rest of his 50 year sentence for murder, Cook County officials let him go.

“I can’t answer why he was released in the Chicago area. I don’t know. All I know is that inadvertently he was released from jail without being returned to Indiana,” said the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Robbins is 44, African-American, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a very distinctive tattoo on the right side of his neck that says “Nicole.”

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has ordered an investigation into how this happened, but so far tonight there has not been a lot of information from the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 708-865-4915 or dial 911.

A man serving a sentence for murder has been “mistakenly released” from prison.

Police are searching for 44-year-old Steven Robbins who was serving a sentence in the Indiana Dept of Corrections for murder.

According to a statement released from the Cook County Sheriff’s Dept, an investigation into the circumstances regarding Robbins’s release has been ordered.

Officials are seeking the public’s help in finding Robbins.  The sheriff’s office describes Robbins a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 190 lbs.  He has a tattoo  on the right side of his neck that reads “Nicole.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 708-865-4915.

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