Inmate who escaped by posing as another back in Washington

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Michael Johnson, Arizona mugshot (Photo: Arizona Department of Corrections)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — An inmate who escaped from a jail by posing as another inmate is back in Washington after he was captured in Illinois a week ago.

The Columbian reports that 30-year-old Michael Johnson appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday on investigation of escape. He is being held without bail until his defense attorney is present in court with him.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, Johnson swapped identities with a 19-year-old inmate from Portland, Oregon, who was scheduled for release May 12. Johnson wore LaQuon Bogg’s clothes and ID bracelet, signed his name on paperwork and recited his birthdate before walking out of jail.

It’s unclear how or why Boggs got involved in the escape. The two had also switched jail cells.

Authorities said Johnson had been in jail facing assault and other charges. He was serving time on kidnapping and assault convictions in Arizona when he was brought to Clark County to stand trial for local charges.

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