04-22-2007, 04:38 PM #1
Prison releases felon after getting phony fax
HICKMAN, Ky. - Officials released a prisoner from a state facility after receiving a phony fax that ordered the man be freed, and didnâ€™t catch the mistake for nearly two weeks.
Timothy Rouse, 19, is charged with beating an elderly western Kentucky man and was at the Kentucky Correctional & Psychiatric Center in La Grange for a mental evaluation. He was released from that facility on April 6 after officials received the fake court order.
It contained grammatical errors, was not typed on letterhead and was faxed from a local grocery store. The fax falsely claimed that the Kentucky Supreme Court â€œdemandedâ€ Rouse be released.
Lexington police arrested Rouse at his motherâ€™s home Thursday evening.
â€œItâ€™s outrageous that it happened,â€ Fulton County Attorney Rick Major said. â€œIâ€™m just glad nobody got hurt because heâ€™s dangerous.â€
Police are still investigating who faxed it.
Attorney Carlos Moran, who is representing Rouse, declined to comment.
Prison officials did not notice that the fax came from the grocery store because policies in place did not require checking the source of a faxed order, said the LaGrange facilityâ€™s director, Greg Taylor.
â€œItâ€™s not part of a routine check, but certainly, in hindsight, that would perhaps have caused somebody to ask a question,â€ he said. He added that misspellings on orders are common.
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