Man reportedly freed after being diagnosed with COVID-19 back in jail

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who a St. Louis police union official said was released from jail last week because he tested positive for COVID-19 is back in jail, officials said. authorities on Monday.

The 36-year-old man, suspected of domestic assault, was released on January 4 from the main prison in the city center. He was arrested again Friday and was in jail Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Jane Dueker, a lawyer for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, said last week that the man was released before being charged despite being considered dangerous enough that prosecutors wanted him held without bail.

Acting Director of Public Safety Dan Isom said on Monday that the man’s release was a “bad decision” and an “aberration”. He said an internal affairs investigation into the decision to release him had begun.

Isom also said those suspected of violent crimes continue to be jailed even after testing positive for COVID-19 and the city has not changed that policy.

Isom said the man’s medical status was private information, so he could not say whether he had tested positive for COVID-19.