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Update: Mistakenly Released Kenton Co. Inmate Arrested

Update (Wednesday, Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m.):

The man accused of using a false name when in arrested in Ft. Wright and then pretending to be another inmate and accidentally released shortly after from the Kenton Co. Detention Center in Covington, is back behind bars.

Police arrested Jacob Baxter, 29, on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Kenton County Police, Baxter was arrested on his outstanding warrants for escape and theft of identity at 1:40 p.m.

Further details were not immediately available. 

Baxter is scheduled to be arraigned in Kenton District Court on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Original story:

Police are looking for a man after he allegedly claimed to be a different inmate and was released by mistake from the Kenton County Detention Center.

Jacob Baxter, 29, was released from the Covington jail on Saturday by, police said, claiming to be another inmate who was set to be released.

It happened at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Baxter was last seen around the Sunoco gas station on Madison Avenue in Covington at around 9:40 a.m. Sunday.

Baxter was originally arrested on Friday by Ft. Wright Police and charged with receiving stolen property. He identified himself to police as Mason Pew and was booked into the jail under that false name.

Kenton County Police announced on Sunday afternoon that a warrant was issued for Baxter charging him with second degree escape. He was also listed in a national database as a wanted person.

Baxter is described as white, 6-feet tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and eyes, and a large neck tattoo.

He had a short beard at the time of his arrest on Friday.

Anyone with information on Baxter's whereabouts is asked to call Kenton County Police at 859.356.3191 or 911.

-Staff report

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Kenton County Detention Center shows Baxter booked as Mason Pew