RICHMOND — A man was arrested by Wayne County Jail staff after locking himself in a restricted secure area while releasing two inmates on Saturday, officials say.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the jail after receiving a call that a man had broken into a vestibule and was acting erratically, according to a press release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

When they arrived, the 29-year-old was in custody.

Deputies discovered that shortly after the man entered the vestibule, he started smoking an unknown substance and knelt down, appearing to pray. He was then stopped and searched because he was in a restricted area.

Jail staff found a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, leading to the arrest of the man on suspicion of criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

“Due to multiple levels of security, a breach in the jail was not an issue. But our agency questions why Braylon was so eager to enter the restricted area of ​​the jail,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. “We strongly advise against anyone entering a restricted area or breaking the law simply to visit our facilities.”

The man had not been criminally charged as of Monday evening. WRTV does not name suspects until they are formally charged.


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