Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This was an embarrassing mistake, no?

At least they hadn't released a violent criminal defendant.

Man released by mistake is back in custody
By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

A Bexar County detention officer accidentally released the wrong man early Monday morning when he failed to double-check a 44-year-old suspected thief's identity.

Officials said Justo Munoz was released around 2:30 a.m. after authorities received a surety bond to release 19-year-old Agustin Munoz. San Antonio police had arrested both men Sunday night — Justo Munoz is accused of shoplifting at a Walmart Supercenter in the 1600 block of Vance Jackson and faces a charge of theft from $50 to $500; Agustin Munoz faces one charge of possession of under two ounces of marijuana.

Deputy Ino Badillo, a spokesman for the Bexar County sheriff's office, said the elder Munoz was mistakenly released because a detention officer failed to double-check the suspect's identity.

The rest of the story: