When Fayette County jail officials released a man who was supposed to get out of jail last week, they also accidentally released his brother, who was not.
Hafit Martinez-Hipolito was "inadvertently released" about 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from the jail. Jail officials said they first discovered the mistake about 8:30 p.m. Friday. As of Monday evening, police were still searching for Hipolito.
Hipolito, 20, was being held at the jail on charges of retaliating against a witness and fourth-degree assault. His case has been submitted to a grand jury and is pending indictment.
Hipolito could face a second-degree escape charge if he does not turn himself in "because he's out when he's not supposed to be out," said Sgt. Jennifer Taylor, the jail's spokeswoman.
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Taylor said Hipolito and his brother, Socrates Martinez-Hipolito, were both in jail at the same time. A judge ordered Socrates Martinez-Hipolito, 18, to be released on his own recognizance Friday. The younger Hipolito is facing charges of fleeing and evading police and several drug and traffic charges.
Somehow, both men were released.
Jail officials said that the oversight was "human error." and that they were investigating how the mistake occurred.
Taylor said there are a lot of "checks and balances" in place at the jail to prevent accidental release, and officials were investigating to figure out how the mistake was made.
Ray Sabbatine, interim director at the jail, acknowledged the mistake Monday and said jail management would pinpoint what went wrong and correct it.
Hafit Hipolito, who is Hispanic, is 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds. When he was released, his street clothes were returned to him, but a description of the clothes was not immediately available.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.