James Brewer, the suspect in the murder of a Southeast D.C. man, was recaptured and back in custody Saturday after a day of freedom.
But it's how Brewer was able to walk out from a DC Superior Court Cellblock, that has many people concerned.
"The guy's in court," says D.C. resident Al Rocker. "He's in custody. How does he - you know - get away?"
Court records show that Brewer, waiting to be formally charged, switched ID bracelets with another prisoner.
Brewer, posing as the other person, was released on a misdemeanor PCP possession charge.
Anwar Karin, who lives in Southeast D.C., is worried.
"It's real concerning that somebody could do that 'cos they could be right back out, to do it again."
Neighbors outside the Marbury Place apartments are especially concerned.
It was there on June 27 that 71-year-old Solomon Reese was found shot to death in the doorway of his 8th floor apartment.
He was well known for selling cigarettes there, and for keeping piles of cash inside.
Brewer was one of four men accused in taking part in a suspected robbery.
Brewer, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered to US Marshals around 1:50 Saturday afternoon, on D Street, NW.
Police say he had already cut off his dreadlocks.
One DC jail inmate, who doesn't want his name used, showed us his bracelet. He's surprised by the escape.
The bracelets are made of tough plastic, fastened with grommets.
"You can try to pull it it off, but it's gonna stretch," he says. "You have to have a clamp to unhook it. Whoever put that on, it had to be on real big, to slide off his wrist like that."
Brewer now faces an additional escape charge.
Authorities aren't commenting on how the switch could have happened.
Manhunt: 'Sticky' turns himself in
The subject of an intense manhunt, James 'Sticky' Brewer turned himself in to U.S. Marshals Saturday.
He met authorities in the 600 block of D Street NW at at 1:50 p.m., accompanied by his attorney.
The Marshals said he had cut off his dreadlocks.
In addition to first-degree murder charges, Brewer now faces escape charges for eluding custody Friday from DC Superior Court Cellblock.
The method of his escape is still under investigation.
(AP, WJLA) James Adrian Brewer, the suspect who escaped from police custody on Friday after being charged with the murder of a Southeast D.C. man, was recaptured Saturday, a U.S. Marshals source says.
Brewer escaped from the D.C. Superior Court Cellblock on Friday night. Court records say that before Brewer faced a judge, he swapped identification bracelets with a prisoner arrested on a drug charge.
He then apparently posed as the other person and was released. The other prisoner was being held on a misdemeanor charge of possession of PCP.
He had earlier been presented and held without bond on charges of first-degree murder while armed at D.C. Superior Court after being arrested in Newport News, Va. on Thursday.
James Brewer is a 24-year-old black male, 5’9”, 180 lbs. with dreadlocks just below shoulder length and goes by “Sticky”.
Brewer was been arrested and charged with the June 27 murder of 71-year-old Solomon Reese in Southeast D.C.
On Monday, June 27 at approximately 9:31 p.m., D.C. police responded to the 2300 block of Good Hope Road, SE to investigate reported trouble. They found Reese suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Brewer is considered armed and dangerous and is known to travel to Newport News and recently expressed travel to Philadelphia.
There is a reward. If you have any information please contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-800-336-0102.