BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) – A Burke County inmate who was accidentally released from jail Friday night is back in custody nearly four days after he was let out.
Deputies say Vincent Edward Hinson Jr. was found hiding in the attic of a home and was taken into custody without resistance shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Law enforcement agencies said Hinson was released from the jail around 8:45 p.m. on Friday, July 2. Officials say the Burke County Jail mistakenly released 27-year-old Hinson when he responded to the name of another inmate inside the jail and “the detention officer failed to follow the jail’s protocol for releasing the inmate.”
Later that evening, around 9:20 p.m., the jail realized what had happened and notified supervisors. A message was then sent to all law enforcement agencies within a 100-mile radius of Burke County. Information was obtained of places Hinson may have been heading to and officers began investigating those locations.
Hinson was wearing a black t-shirt and white swimming trunks with prints of cactus on the trunks when he left the jail on foot, but officials say they got information that he changed clothes shortly after leaving.
Hinson was in custody for failure to appear, possession of Schedule I controlled substance and a probation violation.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office considered Hinson to be armed and dangerous. An internal investigation was initiated, and a warrant was issued on July 5 by Burke County Criminal Investigation Division for felony escape.
Hinson has been entered in NCIC with full extradition from other states and the U.S. Marshal’s Service has been requested to aid in his apprehension.
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