Inmate accidentally released early from Hennepin County Jail

A Hennepin County sheriff’s task force, with the help of Burnsville police, have located an inmate who was mistakenly released from jail. A spokesperson for the Hennepin County sheriff's office, which oversees the jail, says human error is to blame and they are reviewing this mistake.

The case


An employee at the Uptown McDonald’s said he got into an altercation with a man he knows, later identified as Fausi Ibrahim Mohamed. A gun was allegedly pointed, but shots were never fired. Police later found Mohamed during a traffic stop and took him down to the Hennepin County jail.

Reason for release


By law, prosecutors have 48 hours to charge any suspect. The county attorney’s office met that deadline, charging Mohamed with second-degree assault Tuesday morning. However, the Hennepin County sheriff's office admits a clerical mistake was made and he was allowed to walk out the door roughly a half hour before the charges were filed.


Mohamed has a criminal history in Dakota County and Scott County, where he is due in court later this month for possessing a gun without a permit. If convicted of this most recent charge, he faces up to 7 years in prison.


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