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Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office mistakenly released inmate

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says an inmate was mistakenly released after some charges against him were dropped.

Deputies say Elvin Medina-Bauza appeared in court Thursday on a charge of criminal mischief. But, in court those charges were dismissed.

At that point, deputies released Medina-Bauza. Minutes later, the sheriff's office says the deputies realized he was still facing other charges in another court and should have remained in custody.

Medina-Bauza had already made it out of the Hall of Justice, but Rochester police located him about a half hour later at St. Paul Boulevard and Hart Street.

Medina-Bauza was then brought back to Monroe County Jail.

"This error should not have occurred,” wrote Sheriff Todd Baxter in a statement. "This case will be thoroughly reviewed by our Internal Affairs Department and New York State Commission of Corrections. MCSO will take the necessary corrective measures to ensure that this does not happen again."


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