Police: Kenton County inmate listed under false name mistakenly released

Police searching for escaped inmate released after he gave false name

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - Police are searching for a man who on Saturday was mistakenly released from the Kenton County Detention Center after police said he gave them a false name.

Kenton County officials said Jacob Baxter, 29, was arrested Friday by Fort Wright police on a felony receiving stolen property charge.

They said after he was arrested, he told authorities he was a man named Mason Pew. He was then held in jail under that name.

He then used the name of inmate, Joshua Baker, upon his release, according to Chief of Deputy Operations at the Kenton County Jail, Ed Butler. It is unclear how Baxter knew how to use the name. Butler said Baker was due to be released on Saturday.

Kenton County Police Sgt. Chris Haddle said Baxter’s fingerprints had likely not been processed for staff use by the time of his departure.

“I’m not knowledgeable on the exact release protocol within the detention facility, but Mr. Baxter was able to circumvent those and get mistakenly released in spite of them," Haddle said.

Baxter is now wanted on an escape charge.

He is described as 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He reportedly has a large tattoo on his neck and a short beard.

He was last seen Sunday morning at the Covington Sunoco and is believed to still be in the area.

Anyone with information about Baxter is asked to call Kenton County dispatch at 859-356-3191.

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