Inmate mistakenly released third this year

Sharna Johnson

Law enforcement is seeking a Curry County inmate who was released from the jail by mistake just under a month ago.

Andrew Roldan, 24, was released from the jail Oct. 17.

Undersheriff Wesley Waller said Wednesday that Roldan had been ordered to serve a 250-day sentence with no good time after violating his probation on charges of shoplifting in 2009.

He was not due to be released until May.

Jail officials said a photo of Roldan would not be available prior to press time.

Waller said his agency was notified of the mistaken release by jail staff Friday.

A bench warrant has been issued, “and when located, he will be returned to the detention center to complete the remainder of his mandated sentence,” Waller said.

Court records show a bench warrant was issued Monday through district court.

“It was just an oversight on the employee’s part,” said jail Administrator Keith Norwood. “The file wasn’t read in its entirety, and he was released.”

Norwood said the release was brought to his attention Friday by the employee who made the mistake and law enforcement was notified.

Norwood declined to discuss what if any action is being taken against the employee.

“We’re looking into everything,” he said. “I don’t discuss personnel issues, but we’re taking appropriate action.”

Roldan’s is the third mistaken release from the facility this year.

Johnny Cordova was released on bond July 20 while serving an unrelated DWI sentence at the jail. He was located and returned to the jail shortly after the mistake was realized.

On Aug. 26, Ramiro Chavez was released after satisfying local charges but while still under a federal immigration detention order. Law enforcement declared the detainer was no longer enforceable after 48 hours and he was not returned to the jail.