Police are asking for the public's help after a prisoner was mistakenly released from a Milton jail Monday.
Halton police say they were notified about the error by staff at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex at around 11 p.m. Monday. They did not say at what time the release occurred.
Amritpal Singh Aujla, 28, was last seen leaving the facility on foot, police said in a news release.
Aujla is described as five-feet, 10-inches tall and about 170 pounds with a slim build. He has black shoulder-length hair and black beard. He was wearing an orange turban, blue Tommy Hilfiger track suit and a black backpack when he was released. Police initially said the tracksuit was blue, but later updated their description.
Peel police say Aujla is currently facing nine charges, including:
- Possession of stolen property obtained by crime.
- Breach of probation order.
- Failing to comply with undertaking.
- Failing to comply with a release order.
- Three counts of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine).
- Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Police did not say how the mistake occurred but did say he was awaiting a video court appearance scheduled for Tuesday in connection with charges Halton police had laid.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Ministry of Solicitor General said an internal investigation has begun to determined what happened.
"We are working closely with the police service to assist in locating the offender," the statement continued.
If you see him, do not approach him, police say. Rather, call 911 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.