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Mistakenly released Boyd inmate back in custody

February 13, 2019 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — A Boyd County Detention Center inmate who was mistakenly released early Tuesday morning was captured about three and a half hours later.

According to a news release from the center, inmate Robert Brewer was inadvertently let go at 5:16 a.m. after — due to “human error” on the part of a detention center employee — he was able to identify himself as another inmate who was scheduled to be released.

Brewer had been in custody on charges relating to Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Giving an Officer False Identifying Information, Resisting Arrest, and Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer), according to the jail.

Brewer was able to assume the identity of Todd Anthony Lesniak, who had served his time and was scheduled to be released any time after midnight Tuesday.

At about 5:30 a.m., the inadvertent release was discovered by jail personnel and Boyd 911 was immediately notified, according to the release. Jail personnel along with Catlettsburg Police, Boyd County Sheriff, and the Ashland Police Department responded to the scene.

Brewer was seen by a detention center employee walking on U.S. 23 (4500 block of Winchester Avenue) and fled into a wooded area in an effort to evade capture.

According to the release, the responding law enforcement agencies created a perimeter and continued to search the area as Boyd County Emergency Services responded with their tracking canines.

At about 8:45 a.m., Brewer was located hiding in the crawl space of a home in the 500 block of Gartrell Street by Ashland Police officers.

Brewer was charged with escaped 2nd degree.

According to the detention center, a comprehensive internal investigation is ongoing.