September 19, 2023

Marion County Sheriff's Office accidentally releases homicide suspect

The Adult Detention Center is at the Community Justice Campus.  - (Katrina Pross WFYI)

The Adult Detention Center is at the Community Justice Campus.

(Katrina Pross WFYI)

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is still searching for a homicide suspect who was accidentally released last week. 

Clerical errors led to the release of 28-year-old Kevin Mason from the Adult Detention Center in Indianapolis. Mason is wanted on three Minnesota warrants, including one for murder.

Marion County Sheriff Kerry Forestal said Wednesday a woman has been arrested for allegedly assisting Mason. She is being questioned about his whereabouts. 

Indianapolis authorities detained Mason because of the out-of-state warrants, and confusion over warrant status may have led to his release.

MCSO Colonel James Martin explained why they waited almost a week to let the public know.

“We have used this time as a tactical advantage for us. We have used this time for the quietness of the situation to not further run him underground,” Martin said.

Authorities said Mason has ties in Indianapolis and may have been staying here since 2021.

Two MCSO employees have been fired because of the incident.

Mason is described as a Black male, 5’9” and about 200 pounds, with a cross tattoo under his right eye.

People should call 262-TIPS if they have any information.

This story has been updated. 

Contact WFYI city government and policy reporter Jill Sheridan at jsheridan@wfyi.org

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