Kevin Mason accidentally released.

Kevin Mason, 28, is charged with murder in a 2021 shooting in Minneapolis. He had been on the lam until Sept. 11 of this year when he was captured by the U.S. Marshals Service on Sept. 11 in Indianapolis and taken to the Marion County Jail. He was inadvertently released from the jail on Sept. 13 and has been on the run ever since. Individuals with information are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Mason is also encouraged to turn himself in through our Safe Surrender program by calling 317-327-SAFE (7233). (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

After two years of dodging a murder charge out of Minnesota, 28-year-old Kevin Mason was finally taken into custody in Indiana on Sept. 11. Despite the brevity of the charge, his stay in jail was short-lived. Mason strolled out of the jail as a free man two days later due to a clerical error.

He remains on the lam.

Now, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Indianapolis and the U.S. Marshals Service are searching for Mason, described as a 5-foot-9-inch Black male weighing about 205 pounds with a cross tattoo under his right eye and “SUB” tattooed on his chest. He also has a neck tattoo.

“I want to reassure you and the public that a round-the-clock manhunt has been underway ever since,” Col. James Martin with MCSO told reporters on Tuesday. “… We will not rest until he is recovered.”

Martin said the agency waited nearly a week to alert the public because it wanted the “tactical advantage” of Mason not knowing cops were out looking for him.

“We have used this time, the quietness of this situation, to not run him further underground,” Martin said.

So, how was an accused murderer set free?

According to Martin, Mason had three different warrants from three Minnesota law enforcement agencies. A “hold” basically means an inmate should remain in jail. A jail clerk saw the three holds and eliminated two of them on Sept. 12, thinking they were duplicates, Martin said.

Then authorities in Ramsey County, Minnesota, waived extradition on the third. And, violá, no more holds meant Mason could be released.

“This was an error,” Martin said. “This should not have happened.”

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