Inmate in custody of jail deputies accidentally released after court appearance

Elvin Medina-Bauza Elvin Medina-Bauza

July 12, 2018 03:08 PM

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is launching an internal investigation after an inmate in custody of jail transport deputies was "inadvertently" released following a court appearance on Thursday.

Deputies say 30-year-old Elvin Medina-Bauza walked out of a courtroom at 11:15 a.m. after a judge dismissed a case against him once she determined criminal mischief charges were never filed.

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Prior to that court appearance, Medina-Bauza was arraigned in a different courtroom on burglary, criminal mischief, and menacing charges. The judge ordered him to the Monroe County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Deputies say within seconds of Medina-Bauza leaving the Monroe County Safety Building, jail deputies realized he should not have been allowed to leave due to the court order. 

An Office of Emergency of Communications broadcast was sent out city-wide for Medina-Bauza’s whereabouts. At 11:43 a.m., the Rochester Police took him into custody near St. Paul Blvd. and Hart Street. He was remanded to the Monroe County Jail.

“This error should not have occurred,” Sheriff Todd Baxter said 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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