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Video shows Lexington inmate mistakenly released


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - He was mistakenly released from a Lexington jail on Friday and got a two day start when officials did not notice the error until Monday morning.

We got our hands on the video captured by surveillance cameras inside the Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center. It shows inmate 28-year-old Rodney Dewayne Bell grabbing his personal belongings and walking out the door. Officials say there's no telling where Bell is now.

This incident happened last Friday. As the video continues, you see Bell changed into his street clothes, a red and gray shirt with jeans and tennis shoes, now checking out at the counter.

This is where he probably paid his 1,000 dollar cash bond that day and then was released from custody. But it was too late for officials to catch the error. Bell is nowhere to be found according to police.

But police are now hot on his tail knowing the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms considers Bell to be "armed and dangerous." Bell was transferred to Fayette County from Shelby County on a contempt of court warrant. He was held in Shelby County on federal drug charges.

You kind of get an idea of what Bell looks like in the video released to WKYT. Police tell us he's described as a black man with black hair and brown eyes, standing at 5'10", and weighing 205 pounds.

Officials at the jail are still not releasing a statement about this incident. As for the mistake, they tell us it happened due to a "miscommunication in the transfer documents."


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