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Child Rapist Set Free in Error Made It 500 Miles

Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was captured late Wednesday in Kentucky
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2019 8:05 AM CDT
Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez   (Georgia Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – The inmate serving three life sentences for the rape of a child when he was mistakenly released from a Georgia prison last week has been captured some 500 miles to the north. Tony Maycon Munoz-Mendez was nabbed in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, around 10:30pm Wednesday. The 31-year-old was apprehended in the town of 16,000 near the Ohio border by the Georgia Department of Corrections' fugitive unit, a US Marshals task force, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reports NBC News. He'd been released from Rogers State Prison in Reidsville "in error" on Friday, though the public wasn't notified until Monday. A full internal investigation into the circumstances of the release is ongoing, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. (Read more Georgia stories.)

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