Booking center mistakenly releases wanted man

May 21, 1998|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A man charged with assault was mistakenly released from the Central Booking and Intake Center after an employee did not enter into the facility's computer system that the man was wanted on a warrant, a state prisons spokesman said yesterday.

Leonard A. Sipes Jr., spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the release Monday of Donald R. Walkins, 21, of Southwest Baltimore was the fourth such incident at Central Booking since October.

Sipes said three other mistaken releases occurred at the Maryland Penitentiary and the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center, both in Baltimore.

He said Walkins was arrested Sunday on an assault charge and released on $1,500 bail Monday.

Sipes said several hours before Walkins was released, a warrant charging him with failure to appear for trial on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest and assault was received at Central Booking but was mistakenly deleted and not entered into the center's computers. Such information would have caused Walkins to be detained, the spokesman said.

Sipes said a retake warrant has been issued for Walkins' arrest and Baltimore police are trying to locate him by interviewing his family and friends and going to places he frequents.

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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