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Warrant issued for a Phoenix jail inmate mistakenly released

May 15, 2022 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for an inmate who was mistakenly released.

Anthony Pena allegedly assumed the identity of another inmate and was released around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, but authorities said the mistake wasn’t realized until six hours later.

Pena was originally booked on a warrant for failure to appear and drug charges with a $250 bond.

Sheriff’s officials said an internal investigation in connection to the erroneous release will be conducted to reveal any possible negligence or policy violations.