Charles Lamont Thompson, 41, was arrested in Fort Smith Monday afternoon and was returned to jail. Sheriffs found Thompson with a female companion, 27-year-old Birdie Embry.
Both were arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony. Thompson is currently awaiting transport to the Arkansas Department of Corrections and has outstanding warrants out of Sequoyah County, Okla.
Embry is also facing a felony charge of hindering apprehension.
SEBASTIAN COUNTY, AR -- A common last name led to a slip-up at the county jail, now deputies are on the lookout for a man released by mistake.
According to the sheriff's office, an inmate named Charles Lamont Thompson was discharged from the jail - but it was his cousin who was actually supposed to leave.
The two have similar body types, features and the same last name, according to reports, leading to the mix-up. Thompson is described as 6’ 4” in height and 190 lbs. Charles Thompson left the facility in his cousin’s clothing: a dark gray hoodie and a green toboggan cap.
Thompson was in jail on several charges including domestic battery and parole violation.
Deputies say he has family in the Fort Smith area and is known to frequent the motels along Towson Avenue. Thompson may be with a woman.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office at 479-783-1051. Caller can remain anonymous.