Cops hunt man, 24, who was accidentally released from custody while waiting trial for sex assault

POLICE are appealing for the public's help to locate a prisoner who was mistakenly released from HMP Wormwood Scrubs.

William Fernandez, 24, was accidentally released from custody in the London prison on March 24 while awaiting trial for sexual assault.

After the Met police were informed by the HMP staff, officers carried out searches in the local area.

It is believed that Fernandez travelled by London Underground from East Acton station.

At 9pm he was spotted on CCTV walking along Wealdstone High Street, heading north.

There have been no confirmed sightings of him since, however, officers are conducting extensive enquiries to locate the 24-year-old including door-to-door enquiries and CCTV analysis.

Fernandez has been described as white, of medium build, with thinning hair and a dark beard.

He has a distinctive cross tattoo on the left-hand side of his neck and was last seen wearing a black tracksuit and a black hat.

He is also known to use the name Agustin Fernando Jimenez Eiberte.

Fernandez was awaiting trial for sexual assault by touching, indecent exposure and possession of a class B drug – offences for which he was arrested and charged in April 2020.

Detective Inspector Rory Wilkinson, who is leading the search, said: “Officers are exploring every possible line of enquiry to track Fernandez down and return him to prison.

“We would ask the public to assist us by being our eyes and ears and calling us if they see him or have any information about his whereabouts.”

If you see Fernandez or know where he is, please do not approach him. Call 999 immediately providing the reference 7873/24MAR.

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