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Kenton County inmate incorrectly released after using fake name

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Posted at 6:37 PM, Dec 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-29 18:37:59-05

COVINGTON, Ky — The Kenton County Detention Center incorrectly released an inmate Saturday afternoon after he used a fake name, and claimed to be an inmate set for release, according to the Kenton County Police.

Police are searching for 29-year-old Jacob Baxter, who was last seen near the Sunoco gas station on Madison Avenue in Covington, according to a press release from police.

Baxter was initially arrested by Ft. Wright Police on charges of receiving stolen property, and Kenton County police have given no indication that Baxter is considered dangerous, or a threat to the community. A warrant charging Baxter with escape in the second degree has been issued, and officials said they have entered him into NCIC as a wanted person.

The press release said Baxter used the fake name Mason Pew when he was initially arrested on Friday, and he was lodged in the Kenton County Detention Center under that name. Police said he then claimed to be another inmate set for release on Saturday, and officials released him.

Baxter is a white man standing roughly 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes and a large tattoo on his neck. At the time of his arrest, he had a short beard.

Anyone with information as to Baxter's whereabouts is encouraged to call Kenton County authorities at 859.356.3191.