PONTIAC, Mich. — A man in prison for attempted murder was arrested on a Detroit street hours after he was mistakenly released from a suburban jail.

Johnny Rodgers, 25, was picked up Thursday afternoon by Detroit officers on the city’s northwest side, Police Chief James Craig told WXYZ-TV.

State Corrections personnel had him under surveillance before contacting city police, Craig said.

State and federal authorities were searching for Rodgers Thursday, a day after he walked out of the Oakland County jail — due to an error that wasn’t known until the convict’s angry mother called authorities Wednesday night.

He had appeared in court in a different case and was supposed to be returned to the custody of the state Corrections Department to continue serving a minimum sentence of seven years for attempted murder and other crimes in Wayne County.

“Humans make errors,” Undersheriff Mike McCabe said.

“Two deputies review the file before anyone is released. I can’t tell you what happened at this point in time,” he said. “We’ll get to the bottom of it. There’s nothing nefarious here, no deputy conspiring to let this guy out.”

He showed up at his mother’s house in Detroit and “she wasn’t happy. That’s when she called us,” McCabe said.

McCabe said three to four hours passed before the Corrections Department was notified because the jail didn’t realize that Rodgers had been mistakenly released.

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