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Man charged with murder accidentally released and sheriff wants him back

L.A. County Sherrif's Dept. / AP

This photo released Friday by the Los Angeles County sheriff shows a Johnny Mata, who is charged with murder and was accidentally released by authorities from jail last month because of a clerical error.

A clerical error caused Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies to release a jail inmate charged with gang-related murder last month, and authorities have asked the public to help them find him.

Johnny Mata, 32, was released in downtown Los Angeles on April 4 after he was charged with a 2010 gang murder in Baldwin Heights, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department statement.

See original report at NBCLosAngeles.com

"Mata’s release should not have occurred because a murder charge had been filed by the District Attorney and a processing clerk had not yet entered it as a 'hold' on inmate Mata," the statement said.

Mata was arrested May 25, 2012 by the El Monte Police Department. His last court date was listed as April 3 -- the day before his accidental release.

Mata was described as a Latino man, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 197 pounds.

Anyone with information about Mata's whereabouts can call sheriff’s homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tipsters call LA Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or going to lacrimestoppers.org