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Woman walks out of jail after posing as cellmate, police say

Jessica Hanson located & charged with escape

Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 36-year-old woman was mistakenly released from the Duval County jail over the weekend after impersonating another inmate, authorities said.

Jessica Hanson was taken into custody Tuesday evening within a half-hour of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office asking for the public’s help in tracking her down.

Hanson, who was arrested Sept. 15 in a motor vehicle theft case, somehow duped authorities into believing she was her cellmate and was set free on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office said Hanson is now charged with escape.

Additional details about the incident were not immediately released.