A 30-year-old Rochester man was “inadvertently” released by the Monroe County Sheriff’s office following a court appearance this morning, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies.
Around 11:15 am, deputies said Elvin Medina-Bauza walked out of Rochester City Court, after one of his cases was dismissed.
Deputies said Justice Teresa Johnson dismissed his case after it was determined harassment, menacing, and criminal mischief charges were never filed.
But, before that court appearance, Medina-Bauza was arraigned in a different judge’s courtroom on multiple charges including burglary and criminal mischief, and ordered held on $20,000 bail.
According to the sheriff’s office, jail deputies realized Medina-Bauza should not have been released, after Justice Johnson’s case dismissal, within seconds of him exiting the courtroom.
Court deputies were notified to stop Medina-Bauza, but he had left the building.
Around 11:43 a.m., deputies said Medina-Bauza was found and arrested in the St. Paul Blvd. and Hart Street area of the city, after a broadcast was dispatched to law enforcement around Rochester regarding Medina-Bauza’s whereabouts.
“This error should not have occurred,” said Sheriff Todd K. Baxter. “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.” — WHAM 13