'Armed and dangerous' man released from jail in apparent mistake

'Armed and dangerous' man released from Blount jail after apparent mistake

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Dewyatt Allen Hill (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Dewyatt Allen Hill (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Local law enforcement officers and U.S. marshals are on the lookout for a man they say is armed and extremely dangerous.

They are searching for Dewyatt Allen Hill, 55, a man who was convicted in federal court for involvement in the "take-down style" robbery of several CVS pharmacies in the Knoxville area.

Hill was sentenced to 75 years and was being held at the Blount County Jail on charges from the county and the state.

He was released Wednesday from the Blount County Jail, but it is unclear why he was released.

In a press release issued Friday, Blount County Sheriff James Berrong said an investigation into how and why Hill was released will be conducted after Hill is back in custody.

Hill, who also goes by the nicknames "Jughead" or "Jug", is 5'7" and around 125 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

U.S. Marshals spokesman Ron Gibbs said officers are focusing their search on the entire East Tennessee area.

"We're not certain where he might be or headed," Gibbs said. "We have leads from other areas of the state and we are following up on those leads."

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Hill is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at (865) 545-4182.

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