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Warrant issued for a Phoenix jail inmate mistakenly released

Anthony Pena pretended to be someone else and was released from jail, MCSO said.
Anthony Pena pretended to be someone else and was released from jail, MCSO said.(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 15, 2022 at 12:15 PM MST|Updated: May. 15, 2022 at 1:09 PM MST
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PHOENIX (AP & 3TV/CBS 5) - 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 the mistake wasn’t realized until six hours later.

Authorities say Pena was originally booked on a warrant for failure to appear and drug charges with a $250 bond. Sheriff’s officials say an internal investigation in connection to the erroneous release will be conducted to reveal any possible negligence or policy violations. Deputies released a photo of Pena Friday afternoon. If you see him, contact the Phoenix Police Department.

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