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Ex-girlfriend of Clark Co. Jail escapee speaks out on his capture

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Michael Johnson, Arizona mugshot (Courtesy: Arizona Department of Corrections) Michael Johnson, Arizona mugshot (Courtesy: Arizona Department of Corrections)
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Three and a half weeks ago, deputies said 30-year-old Michael Johnson walked out of the front doors of the Clark County Jail after convincing the staff he was someone else.

On Monday night, Johnson was finally found and arrested without incident in Illinois, but his ex-girlfriend said her life for the past 25 days has been a nightmare.

“Yeah, I feel safer and it is a relief, but it’s still a concern that Clark County can’t keep their inmates in custody.”

Johnson’s ex-girlfriend only wants to be known as Tatiana. The two knew each other for 18 years and have a child together.

In April, Johnson was brought back to Clark County from an Arizona prison, where he was serving 24 years for kidnapping and assault, to stand trial for threatening to kill his sister and Tatiana.

While he was missing, Tatiana was terrified that Johnson would come after her, she said only one police officer called her the day after he escaped.

“Other than that, I’ve never been officially questioned, officially contacted,” Tatiana said with frustration. “No, ‘Hey, how are you? How’s your son? How’s your life right now, now that everything’s been torn apart?’ I’ve missed work. My son’s missed weeks of school and I couldn’t stay at home because I didn’t feel comfortable there.”

Not only did Tatiana feel neglected, she thinks deputies neglected to do their jobs in the jail.

On May 12th, officials say Johnson switched ID bracelets with another inmate who was scheduled for release. They also traded clothes and switched cells. And when it was time, Johnson signed the other man’s name and walked out.

Tatiana thinks someone dropped the ball in a big way. She and her son are putting their lives back together, but she feel that local law enforcement let her down.

“They need to learn to care for the people they’re suppose to serve and protect.”

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