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HdG Man Accidentally Released from Harford County Detention Center

The mishap occurred on Valentine's Day.

A Havre de Grace man serving time in the Harford County Detention Center received a Valentine's Day surprise that is now reportedly under investigation.

Rodney Eugene Wanzer, 48, was accidentally released from the detention center in Bel Air on Feb. 14, according to The Aegis, which reported sheriff's deputies from the warrant-fugitive unit arrested him Feb. 19 in the 800 block of Ohio Street in Havre de Grace. Wanzer was reportedly serving time for violating probation.

Wanzer had appealed the probation violation on Feb. 12, according to online court records, which stated the charge involved a theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office told The Aegis that the agency was investigating the accidental release.

In recent months, there have been several cases of mistakenly released prisoners nationwide. 

At the end of January, a man convicted of heroin trafficking in North Carolina was released because of a clerical error, according to the Winston-Salem Journalwhich reported the clerk of the court said there had been 300 cases on the docket the day that his paperwork was wrongly categorized, stating: "That's not an excuse for what happened, but there can be human error dealing with the amount of paperwork we’re dealing with.” That man remains at large.

In December, an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup serving time for burglary was mistakenly released due to a clerical error, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which said she was located before Christmas.

In October, two convicted murderers serving life sentences in Florida forged a judge's signature to sign their release papers, CNN reported. The judge told CNN: "People, particularly people with criminal minds, come up with ingenious ways to beat the system. They have nothing but time on their hands to think of things." The men were found in a motel within weeks of their disappearance, according to CNN.

Just Wondering February 22, 2014 at 01:15 AM
What does this picture have to with this story? I s the patch saying that the Harford county detention center in such bad conditions inmates are allowed to escape? According to the Sun http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/belair/ph-ag-county-council-0214-20140216,0,3123645.story the detention center is top notch. If this the best way the patch can report a story by misleading you then I do not think we need to read the patch. What story are we to believe?
artfxus February 22, 2014 at 09:34 AM
How were you mislead? What don't you believe? He didn't escape... the door was held wide open for him. Apparently, you already do not read the Patch, you just look at the pictures.
karen gonano February 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM
This picture is hilarious. I see the metaphor! It is also fairly ridiculous that HCDC released this man. What happens now?
Havre de Grace February 22, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Picture please of the Guy and So late for the notice
Just Wondering February 22, 2014 at 08:30 PM
@artfxus yea I read the article apparently you don't understand when someone is trying to be funny. I was just pointing out that they used a pic of a run down jail. Some people could take this as that our jail is in such shambles that they just let people walk. Which they did LOL!!!
Shaka Zulu February 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Why would anyone want to leave the prisons run be Maryland, you get great food, plenty of booze, sex, and drugs not to mention the great people of Maryland even pay for the criminals to go to college, The prison system run by Martin OweMally is the best in the world of the democrat!!!! Free everything plus college, forget applying for school aid, just commit a crime and Martin has us all paying for your life inside and all of your offspring outside, Yea Maryland the new state Motto is "bring a illegal with you and get in free"
Scott Wilson February 24, 2014 at 07:45 PM
I WOULD LOVE TO BE LOCKED UP IN MARYLAND-------- THAT`S WHY IT`S CALLED MARYLAND....................................

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